biodegradable sanitary pads making machine thermocol plate machine:Wasteward Ho

biodegradable sanitary pads making machine thermocol plate machine:Wasteward Ho

  On March 1, NKDA held a sensitisation meeting cum workshop at Rabindra Tirtha and residents were quite upbeat about participating.

  “Our landfill at Mollar Bheri behind Sector V is overflowing with garbage. It is polluting the environment and threatening to pour into the water bodies surrounding it,” said Debashis Sen, chairman of NKDA. “So we have decided to introduce waste segregation at source and aim towards a zero waste economy.”

  Two dust bins

  The process begins at home. “Households would need to maintain two dustbins — one for wet waste and the other for dry,” explained Sen (see box for details).

  Wet waste being greater in volume and more likely to rot and smell, will be collected from households daily, as usual. The dry waste bin would contain items like paper, plastic and e-waste like batteries and residents would have to store them at home for a few days.

  “Dry waste would be collected on Tuesdays and Saturdays. We shall send two separate garbage collectors on these days to collect wet and dry waste. This will prevent mixing,” Sen said.

  The wet waste will be driven to Mollar Bheri to be processed by a soon-to-be-purchased composting machine. “We have to assess the volume of wet waste generated so we can buy a machine that can handle the corresponding quantity,” he explained.

  New Town produces about 40 to 50 tonnes of waste a day but the dry waste would be deducted from this. “As per the municipal solid waste rule 2016, big housing complexes like Shapoorji Pallonji must manage their own waste so this amount will get deducted too. The remaining portion would be sent to the composting unit,” Sen said.

  Compost has a market value but parties would be interested to buy it from NKDA only when a large quantity is produced. Till then, NKDA plans to use the fertiliser in Eco Park, Eco Urban Village and other parks and gardens.

  The dry waste, on the other hand, will be sent to a 20 acre plot in Pathorghata behind Bagjola Canal. “The items sent here may be of no use to households but they have a resale value for those who deal with them. Paper, metal, plastic etc will be auctioned off to recyclers. E-waste will be sold to e-waste vendors,” said Sen.

  Perils of dumping

  The workshop at Rabindra Tirtha was attended by residents of AL, AK, AI, CA, CB, CC and CD and was conducted by Sanghamitra Mukherjee, a consultant in the field of waste management.

  Mukherjee showed pictures of cows grazing at a dumping yard and horrified the audience by saying this could be where their breakfast milk came from. “Batteries, thermocol, plastics…this is what loitering cows are feeding out of,” said Mukherjee.

  “And the stink at dumpyards is from rotting waste and toxic chemicals released from items dumped irresponsibly. Smelling them is inhaling them and one cannot stop chemicals from blowing to different parts of the city either. So the whole city is breathing in toxic fumes,” she explained. “The saddest part is that this is completely avoidable. It’s a man-made disaster.”

  Mukherjee said that municipal waste, on an average, comprises 50 per cent organic materials, meaning half of what we throw can be cleansed out of the system.

  The secret, she said, lies in the “3 Rs and 1 S”— reduce (use a jute bag instead of buying plastic bags afresh), reuse (use an old toothbrush to polish shoes), recycle (sell off old newspapers, plastic items) and segregate waste at source.

  Students of Balaka Abasan’s Mrinalini School of Dance performed a street play asking the audience to be more conscious of the environment.

  Residents upbeat

  Residents of the area who attended the workshop are excited about being part of this novel initiative.

biodegradable sanitary pads making machine thermocol plate machine:Wasteward Ho

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