A group of women at DLF Magnolias, a high-rise based in Sector 42 Gurugram, recently organised a two-day workshop on waste management. Their initiative comes at a time when the city is facing a lack of waste management, under which they are educating domestic-helps, maids and housekeeping staff about the importance of segregating waste material.
Upasna Kapoor, Vimi Nagrath, Swati Bhagchandka, and Sandhya Rajgopal are leading the campaign with the support of representatives of Ecogreen-organisation handling the city's waste. They are the ones who are ensuring that all working staff, as well as the residents, are following the rule of waste segregation.
The group of women and Ecogreen has been organising such workshops from mid-July, during which they have been training and educating more than 200 household staffs. Their recent workshop was held on Tuesday and Wednesday. During the workshop on waste segregation in society, the household staff was informed about the need for waste segregation and how to manage waste segregation in society. The staff were told to keep the dry waste which is recyclable in the blue bin and wet waste comprising vegetables, fruits, etc. in the green bin.
Vimi Nagrath, a resident of the society and the organiser said, "The purpose of this workshop is to create awareness and behavioral change among the society. So, we are putting our effort and reaching out to every household to send their maids and domestic helps for training."
The DLF Magnolias houses more than 550 flat in the society. The team feels that the garbage management is not solely the responsibility of civic bodies but it is the social responsibility of each one of us.
Upasna Kapoor, founder of Garbage Free India said, "Around 60 percent garbage consists of wet waste which can be easily used as manure or other purposes. There are few people who are doing the waste segregation at their home but it won't make much difference until we all comply and follow the rules. Besides, we have asked the management of DLF to provide red bins for hazardous waste."