In their effort to find a solution to the problem of managing horticulture waste, such as dry leaves and plants, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has started composting this waste in several parks in Dwarka.
Compost pits are being constructed in the parks where the green waste will be turned into manure that will be used for the plants in the park.
According to an official of SDMC, the various pits that are being planned are as follows: at park adjacent to Pocket 2 in Sector 6; at park between Mini Market and Venkateshwar International School in Sector 10; at green belt near nullah in Sector 11; opposite house number 33 in Sector 19, in Amberhai Village; at park near Classic Apartments in Sector 22; at park near New Kanchanjunga Apartments in Sector 23.
Officials of SDMC are meeting members of RWAs and managements of societies in the area and asking them to educate the residents to use these designated places for dumping the horticulture waste. “Many RWAs have been cooperating with us, but there are still some who aren’t following it seriously. We are requesting them to cooperate with us in ensuring proper waste disposal.”
The corporation plans to make more such pits in neighbourhood parks in the area in the future. However, they agreed that it is a very challenging task to dispose horticulture waste using the existing infrastructure.
Meanwhile, the residents seemed excited about the initiative. DC Mathur, general secretary of Sukh Dukh Ke Sathi and a resident of New Kanchenjunga Apartments, said that they had been working to get the attention of corporation and residents on this issue. “Dumping horticulture waste in a dustbin along with other trash is a wrong way of waste disposal. So many residents have been making manure out of their personal waste. Why can’t the corporation do the same?”
JB Kaushik, secretary of Classic Apartments, Sector 22, said, “Coordination is needed among RWAs and corporation to make this system work. We need more such pits and initiatives if we want a better tomorrow.”