My Take on Decentralized Urban Composting

Decentralized composting has been promoted on a large scale in many Indian cities. But is this the way forward for organic waste management in Urban India? This topic is debatable but I’m now convinced that decentralized composting systems in Bangalore might just add to the environmental damage the city is causing because of improper garbage…

Dawn to Dusk – Blackspot elimination!

On an average, there are 50-60 blackspots per ward in Bangalore. This means, we easily have 10,000+ blackspots across the city! On an average, less than 40% Bangaloreans hand over garbage; the rest simply litter on the streets, lakes or vacant sites. Wards such as Konanakunte (no. 195) has over 100 blackspots, Dasarahalli (no. 15) has…

Gangs of Nagapura – the Untold Garbage Story

  A recent article in The Deccan Herald stated “A member of expert committee submitted to the court that waste segregation at source could not be successfully implemented due to existing nexus between contractors and BBMP officials.” Bhaskar and I decided to get first hand information about this, from ground zero. This took us to…

Waste Characterization Study- Bangalore, 2014

  In Jan 2014, during a meeting with the Honorable Mayor and the BBMP Chief Engineer to discuss the possible end disposal solutions for Bangalore’s waste, we were told that the last Waste Characterization study done by BBMP was in the year 2008. A need to do a Waste Characterization study in 2014 was expressed,…