for developing a solution for waste disposal in some Gram Panchayats of Bangalore

Organisation: Saahas
Initiative: Sunhera Kal, Chikkajala Waste Management Program
Location: Karnataka, India

The waste management program under Mission Sunhera Kal is the effort of Saahas to provide a solution to disposable waste in the GPs of Chikkajala, Karnataka. The key components of the initiative are — awareness creation and sensitisation of residents towards the growing problem of waste by ensuring source segregation of waste by residents, enabling home-composting of food waste, suggesting GP level composting of wet waste, storage and sorting of dry waste in shed, and sale of recyclables and routing of non-recyclables to cement factories.

Saahas, this intervention has sensitised 28,384 people on Solid Waste Management from three GPs. In-addition, 90% source segregation is achieved in the Panchayats. Within a year — 309.36 tons of total waste was diverted from landfills, 36 tons of recyclable waste was received by the recyclers, six cluster composting units have been built at ward levels and at temples, and five ‘Mohalla’ committees have been formed.