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,…

30 questions about DWCCs

Bhaskar and I did a survey and study of 32 DWCCs in Bangalore in November 2013. From the survey, the following questions emerge for which we do not have proper answers. We have come to know that at the conceptual stage around 30 crore was planned for DWCCs, of which around 18 crore has already…

Waste Management in a Gram Panchayat

Dec 31, 2013 will be remembered as a landmark day in Konappana Agrahara Gram Panchayat. Many things happened there for the very first time. For the first time, all key members of the Gram Panchayat were out on the streets early morning at 7am. For the first time, a push cart and four new drums…

Status of dry waste disposal through DWCCs

Three weeks, 40 wards, 32 DWCCs and 640 kms on a scooter…..here is a look at what is happening in Bangalore’s Dry Waste Collection Centres in West zone, Dasarahalli Zone, Mahadevapura and C.V.Raman nagar. It all started at the last meeting with the Mayor, some three weeks ago, when we asked a simple question: “What…

Do you know where your dry waste ends up?

Segregating your waste is only the first step. Most of us who segregate are quite satisfied when we see that our segregated dry waste is collected properly and ends up at the Dry Waste Collection Centre (DWCC), also called the Kartavya cente. These centres are constructed and handed over by the BBMP to NGOs or…

Why the garbage crisis has no end

One week. One well-planned week is all it will take to make an entire locality having around 1000 households to start segregation. So if we had just about 10 interested people in each ward, we could get the whole of Bangalore to segregate at source in just one week. I mean it. This begs the…

Empowering the garbage collectors

Nearly 100% segregation and separate collection is now happening through the BBMP in the area covering 850 individual homes in Chunchaghatta. And this transformation has been possible in just 3 weeks! While all my previous posts focussed on the topic of waste management, this write up is intended to share the story of how this…

Myths about the garbage crisis

Addressing a problem is easy. Understanding it is not.   When Bhaskar and I identified 95 blackspots in Konanakunte ward and informed the BBMP about it, we were pleasantly surprised at the speed with which they began action on eliminating them. Yet, never once did we assume that this was the end of the garbage…

When garbage calls…

As Bhaskar and I attempted to understand the issues in ward no. 195, one of the things repeatedly mentioned was the problem of solid waste management. The below write up covers our journey in compiling information relevant to this issue in ward no. 195, how we went about involving the BBMP executives, the health inspector,…