New Delhi: Actor Dia Mirza has been quite vocal in her support of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and from cleaning up Juhu beach during Ganesh Visarjan to launching ‘Waste Management On Wheels’ initiative in Mumbai, Dia has been taking up various cleanliness related issues from time to time. Now she has gone a step further and made her residential apartment block zero waste. Four composting bins have been installed in the society and members are expected to segregate their own waste. The steps are simple, on daily basis families need to segregate their food or wet waste and deposit it in the bins installed within the complex instead of handing it to the civic body. By the end of the month, 21 families living in the society will be able to save around 600 kilos of waste.
Explaining the process of waste segregation in the society, Christopher Pereira, from D-earth solutions who has helped the members of the society adopt the practice of composting said, everyone is expected to simply segregate the waste at source. It takes 10-15 days for one bin to get completely full, by the time the fourth bin is full, the compost will be ready in the first bin. The compost then will be used in the society itself for the purpose of gardening.
He also added, “Lot of societies have come forward and adopted composting as a practice, still, the road is long. It is every conscious citizen’s duty to save the waste which is going to our already chocking landfills. Composting is an easy way out there; it is the process which gives life to plant thereby saves the environment. Many prominent personalities are coming forward and doing their bit towards environment with an aim to pass on the message to the masses, Actress Dia Mirza is one of them.”
Last month, Dia Mirza also launched the mobile van carrying models of waste processing units goes door-to-door in areas of Bandra, Khar and Santacruz to encourage citizens to not only segregate their waste at source but also treat them effectively. Given the humongous nature of India’s waste woes, every effort counts. We live in a country where more than 45 million tonnes of garbage remains untreated every day. This figure means 3 million trucks worth full of garbage which if laid end to end, would cover half the distance between the earth and the moon.
Currently, over 75% of the waste which can be recycled easily is not getting treated effectively; the country is only recycling 30%. The need of the hour is to first, segregate the waste at the source of generation and then scientifically tackling each category of the waste segregated so that most of it is either treated, recycled or converted into compost or bio gas to minimise the waste simply piling up in the landfills in an unsustainable manner.