Dwarka: Manzil Apartments in Sector 9 of Dwarka is on its way to becoming a zero waste society. The society has successfully implemented a composting initiative at the community level and is utilizing the generated manure for horticulture within the society.
The society's management asserts that no wet waste is being sent to any dumping ground and that all generated wet waste is being converted into compost. Uma Ganesh, a member of the society's management who has been instrumental in the initiative since its beginning, says, "We started composting in September 2022, and it has been successful here. We have already used the first compost made from wet waste, and the next cycles are underway. Not a single piece of wet waste is being wasted in our society, which has 105 flats."
The initiative began in September last year when some members of the management attended a composting workshop organized by Cityspidey, a community web portal, and Rise Foundation, an NGO working on the environment, at the Ganpati Apartments in Sector 9.
According to Arvind Kaur Semwal, the society's president, as responsible inhabitants of our planet, we must all engage in sustainable resource management. Upon attending the workshop, she found a solution to her long-standing desire to make optimum use of the society's wet waste.
Madhukar Varshney and Munish Kundra from Rise Foundation provided significant assistance in guiding the initiative. "We sent circulars to each flat owner to segregate the waste and then give it," says Arvind. Initially, it was challenging to get the segregated waste, but the management took a strong stance. "We announced that no mixed waste would be lifted, and that worked. Soon, everyone cooperated. Now you can see that we are self-sustainable in managing all the waste generated in our society," she adds.
The society has designated a corner for the entire composting and waste management process. There are cages for wet waste dump and the chemical process, separated dustbins for dry waste, medical waste, and wet waste. The society's management plans to create a model for a zero waste concept. "Our goal is to become a zero waste society in Dwarka, and we are determined to achieve that goal," says president Arvind.