And they are not just making their homes waste-free but are also spreading awareness and education in the community.
Several residents of Dwarka are no longer dependent on their garbage vendor. While some have been doing waste composting in their homes for a year now, many others have taken up this initiative in the course of the past one month. Educating neighbours on this subject has also become a passion for this enterprising bunch of environment enthusiasts, social workers and housewives.
City Spidey recently caught up with a few of them. Madhuri Varshney, a social worker and environment enthusiast who utilises her compost in her kitchen garden, says, “I want the entire society to become waste-free and all the wet waste to be converted into compost in people’s homes. You can see the pits that I have made using two plastic buckets. This initiative entails very little money. Composting is actually just a habit that translates to a waste-free home.”
Varshney is always seeking innovations in composting and has been practising the aerobic and anaerobic methods.
Madhuri Varshney with her composting pit
Varshney’s success at composting went on to inspire one of her friends, VK Priya, a resident of Ekta Apartments. Priya, too, shared her story with City Spidey. “I experimented with a mixer grinder. I started using it to crush waste and found it very effective. This technique also reduces the composting time. I am learning something new every day and happy that I am contributing to environment conservation,” she shares.
Leena Dabiru, a resident of Defence Officers Apartments in Sector 4, has started composting with an earthen pit. Now the pit is full of compost, which she uses for her plants. “I bought the pit for Rs 2,700 and started putting wet waste in it. Everybody can do composting,” Dabiru shares.
The earthen composting pit made by Leena Dabiru is placed at the entrance of her house, and doubles as a decor item
Ramanjeet Suri from New Millennium Apartments, Sector 23, has a pit made up of sticks. “Since I started composting about six months back, my entire kitchen waste has been converted into compost. I use that for my plants, and the rest of the compost is given to the green areas of the society,” shares Suri.
Ramanjeet Suri with her wooden composting pit
Poonam Tyagi, a social activist and a resident of Paradise Apartments, Sector 9, is another composting enthusiast. “Through people like us there is sensitisation in the community. We are tapping into WhatsApp groups to spread the message about the practicality and cost-effectiveness of composting.”