- Garden Estate complex is a trendsetter as it segregates wastes at source
- Houses have managed to compost more than half their daily kitchen waste
- The waste collectors separate bio-degradable and non-biodegradable wastes
At first glance, Garden Estate complex in Gurugram, looks like any posh housing complex in this fast developing city. Step inside and you notice a huge difference. Garden Estate complex is a trendsetter as it is one of the few housing colonies that segregate all its waste at source.
We started with a 2 bin and 1 bag method and ensured that residents segregate their wet and solid waste, says Keshav Jaini, a resident who spearheaded this initiative in 2016.
The Residents Welfare Association (RWA) has also built a section that comprises of two sheds dedicated towards segregation. The waste collectors separate bio-degradable, non-biodegradable and hazardous items.
Roshan, a compost technician told NDTV, We make our own compost now unlike before when we had to buy. This has enabled us to not throw waste outside. Instead we treat it all and use it as manure in our gardens.
The complex has invested in a shredder and sieve that separates smaller leaves for composting. The surplus compost is sold and shared with the bio-diversity Park.
Houses in this complex manage to compost more than half their daily kitchen waste, and in less than a year had produced and used 7000 kgs of compost. Through careful segregation and recycling they have reduced the amount of waste sent to the landfill by a whopping 82,125 kgs.
A common perception is that waste management can be challenging and expensive but this society is an example that small societies collectively can make a huge impact.