Organic is the way to go and no one knows it better than the residents of Harmony Apartments, Sector 4, Dwarka. Turning domestic waste into natural manure, they have not only managed household waste but also turned their residential compound into an oasis of green - all powered by free organic manure!
Even wastes from the temple (read coconuts, flowers, sacred threads, fruits) inside the compound are put to good use.
It was Arvind Rudra, an environment activist, who came up with the idea back in 2004. He was the RWA general secretary of Harmony Apartments then. “We dug up pits and advised residents to throw their household waste in it. We also made a separate pit for the temple's waste water to flow into. Water helps in the decomposition ," he says.
The whole process is quite simple. Residents segregate the ghar-ka garbage on a daily basis. Bio-degradable wastes are thrown in one bin, while plastics and toxic material in another. "It the bio-degradable waste that we dump in the pit," says Asha, a resident. When the pits (4 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet each) are partially filled, cow dung, jaggery and water are mixed with the waste to maintain 50% moisture content. Just let it be for about two weeks, and bingo, the waste turns into manure.
The segregation also helps rag pickers. They don't have to scavenge through the heap for dry waste materials like water bottles and glass. And residents are spared from breathing in the foul air from the rot.
"At the end it's very satisfying," says, Rajesh Kumar, a member of the RWA.
Encouraging words, for sure. Now, over to you.