Segregation at source in Germany

India is currently facing enormous challenges in terms of waste disposal. Collection systems are failing, scientific end disposal solutions are almost non-existent and waste is piling up within the city boundaries. While looking up proposed solutions from politicians and decision-makers, it’s hard to miss one concept: Segregation at source. If possible, with 100% efficiency, starting…

Why segregation at source is failing

“After doing segregation for hours, I feel awkward with myself. I find it difficult to even eat with my own hands.” “Forget soap, they don’t even provide us water to wash our hands, after making us do segregation” “When the garbage comes from PGs and houses where bachelors live, most of the times it is…

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…