Gurgaon: ‘Young warriors’ spearhead waste segregation drive in Fresco
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Gurgaon: ‘Young warriors’ spearhead waste segregation drive in Fresco

About 30 children of the Nirvana Country condominium have been trying to raise awareness about waste segregation in the society as part of an RWA initiative.

Gurgaon: ‘Young warriors’ spearhead waste segregation drive in Fresco

About 30 children of Fresco condominium in Nirvana Country, Sector 50, Gurgaon, have been spearheading a waste segregation programme in the society. The programme is an initiative by the society’s RWA in association with SAAHAS, an NGO working on waste management.

The group of children, called “Young warriors,” has been raising awareness about the waste segregation process by a door-to-door campaign. They explain the 2-bins concept, with the green bin for kitchen waste, red bin for toxic waste and blue bag for recyclable paper and plastics. The main objective of the drive is to create a healthy and eco-friendly response.

Sisters Ishitta (11) and Disha Madhyan (7), both of whom are campaigners in the programme, say that they want all houses to give their kitchen waste that can be eventually used to help make rich compost for Fresco’s ecosystem.

DV Taneja, an elderly resident, says, “Indiscriminate use of plastic is damaging the environment. The waste segregation that we have started will at least ensure that the plastics are recycled.”



The initiative is not only limited to residents. “SAAHAS recently conducted a waste audit and training session for domestic helps such as maids, cooks and housekeeping staff,” says Suneet Makkad, an executive member of the RWA.

Another relevant step in the programme has been the mock trials for segregated garbage collection with the housekeeping staff to ascertain the concerns and issues faced in practice.

"I want to take up the cause of waste segregation and recycling for mother Earth and our rag picker friends working through waste piles in landfills and dumps", says a determined 9-year-old Sirinjay Bhattacharya.

The programme has received good response from residents in its initial phase.

Dr Silpa Sagheer, a member of the Eco Committee under the RWA spearheading the initiative, told City Spidey, “In view of the large number of our units [600 flats] and the behavioural changes that need to be introduced in residents, we are preparing each tower's residents for the programme in a phase-by-phase manner. Also, an environmentally conscious set of residents and RWA leadership has been the strength of the programme.”