Journey in panduranga nagar so far:
Â I started talking to Panduranga nagar residents welfare association (RWA) regarding implementing waste segregating in September 2012 in their ladies club meeting. Though the residents and association were very appreciative of the intent and ill-effects of not segregating, they were not very keen on implementing the same as neither there was any push from BBMP nor it affected anyone perceivably. But few residents (only 4) started segregating waste and we accumulated dry waste for 1-2 months before giving it to Samarthanam.
Since then, there have been multiple discussions and awareness sessions in monthly ladies club meetings, monthly RWA meetings and annual general body meeting apart from 1-1 conversations with few people who were interested to contribute more. In the AGM (Apr 2013) awareness talk was done again and plan for the layout was explained. Around 40 members agreed orally to support the initiative.
I spoke to few dry waste recyclers and the area health inspector about collecting dry waste door to door. After some recyclers turned down the proposal, Radio active came in to support the initiative. (http://www.jgi.ac.in/radioactive/activeoutreach.htm). Thank you Radio Active for your timely help and support. The person coming to pick up dry waste is a rag picker working for Radio active who has been given id card by Hasirudala.
Circular with details of segregation and timing of dry waste pick up was sent to around 100 houses. When I started calling residents to check on their readiness for the dry waste collection, few days before the first pick up of dry waste, I realized that majority have not gone through the circular and have not understood what needs to be done.
So, I decided to go door to door to convey the message. For three consecutive weekends, I went door to door along with at least one volunteer from the respective street and covered close to 100 houses. It was interesting to see different perspectives and reactions from people. Residents started responding to the door to door campaign. I was not able to engage any YFS volunteer in this as I wanted people living in each street to volunteer for their street than someone from outside the layout so that the initiative is sustainable in the long run.
Implementing waste management in residential layouts are challenging compared to apartments or corporate offices mainly due to two main reasons (i) waste gets picked up everyday at the door steps and roads are clear of any garbage irrespective of segregation of waste (ii) Recyclers are not interested to come to residential layouts for collecting dry waste as door to door collection is time consuming and expensive. Despite the challenges, once we start seeing the results it feels really good! I want to continue this and ensure this effort sustains on its own without much external support.
Despite the challenges, once we start seeing the results it feels really good! I want to continue this and ensure this effort sustains on its own without much external support.