Thursday 31 December 2015

Cloth Bags - Govt Scheme

Priyadarshni Handlooms a Karnataka Govt promoted initiative is selling Cloth Bags as alternate to Plastic Bags. The bags are at a very subsidized rates and to encourage people to give up Plastic Bags. 

Please spread awareness among people that there is a cheaper alternate to Plastic Bags and its not only Eco-Friendly but generates employment for many underprivileged citizens.    

Wednesday 30 December 2015

30th Dec - Visit by Spl Commissioner SWM

HaSiRu Mithra team met up with Subodh Yadav IAS Spl Commissioner SWM during his visit to HSR Layout. He was keen to take forward the citizen driven HSR initiative to rest of Bengaluru.
Also visited DWCC, and requested for better and additional place and the current DWCC cannot take more quantity. Visited the current DWCC along with him.

Tuesday 29 December 2015

29th Dec Event - Awareness & Penalty Drive

Lalitha, Shanti, Chitra, Kavitha, Arathi, Krupa, Jayanthi, Savitha, Collection Team, BBMP HI Basaviah in action creating awareness and penalizing households who have not Segregated Waste.
Its time Citizens support and understand the Garbage crisis...its a now or never situation. Most citizens who are educated had not bothered to Segregate Waste.
Note: Lady from one house really shouted at the Volunteers for asking her to Segregate Waste, complete display of arrogance and the house belongs to a BBMP Official.
Location: 28-29 Main b/w 10-12 Cross

Friday 25 December 2015

Black Spot Removal on Christmas Day - 25th Dec

Citizens of HSR Layout showing way indeed! Objective was to clean-up a really Big & Bad Black Spot on 14th Main end, Sector 7, HSR Layout. 

Citizens used to bring their Garbage bags and just fling it at this spot as they went on bikes, even though the collection vehicle was reaching their area everyday. The spot was filled with all kinds of waste and the place looked and smelled like hell. 

Sanket shared few pics of the spot and HaSiRu Mithra Team decided to act upon, BBMP supported the event completely by sending the PKs, Truck to help us clear heaps of Garbage. 

HaSiRu Mithra along with the PKs got into action at 8 am and worked till 1 pm to change the place and make it usable. Residents around also joined hands and became part of the change. Every one got there hands dirty and and created a Christmas Gift for the Residents on 14th Main. 

HaSiRu Mithra Team of Sanket, Simran, Rekha, Shanti, Kavitha, Lalitha, Bhagrith, Navreen, Farah, Padma, Zahid, Tara, Shanti's Dad, Raghu, Kids who walked in and most importantly the PKs of BBMP. 

Wednesday 23 December 2015

BBMP imposing penalty for non-Segregation - 23rd Dec

HaSiRu Mithra & RWA of Sector 1 taking the lead and joining BBMP to check the implementation of Waste Segregation.  

Waste Segregation Awareness talk during Cycle Day 20th Dec

Brig Murthy giving the talk, HaSiRu Mithra honored HSR Layout Traffic Cop for keeping roads pedestrian friendly, Arathi & Srikanth giving demo of Waste Segregation.   

Saturday 19 December 2015

19th Workshop

Waste Segregation, Composting, Sustainability Workshop at Ganesha Temple Park, Sector 1, HSR Layout 19th Dec 2015 7am-9am.

Sunday 13 December 2015

Waste Segregation, Composting, Sustainability Workshop 13th Dec 2015


Begin  their  new  campaign  after  KCDC  Protest  with  a  workshop  uniting  all  seven sectors  of  HSR Layout. 

After HSR residents protested against the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) on October  31,  2015,  they  have  now  decided  to  solve  the  garbage  problem at  the  next  level:  aim  at 100%  segregation  in  HSR  Layout  Ward  and  ensure  that all the  wet  waste  goes  to  the  KCDC. Towards this end, the residents of HSR Layout have come together to form HaSiRu Mithra, a group of over 70 driven residents, to conduct a series of campaigns and drive the agenda. This includes following  the  garbage  auto  and educating  the  residents  to  arranging  workshops  on  a  number  of 
things that could help them in this direction. 

HaSiRu Mithra‟s first such workshop will happen on December 13th. 

Time: 11am-3pm 

Venue: Mini Forest/Tree Park, 22nd „A „Main, 13th Cross, off 24th Main Road, Sector 1, HSR Layout  

It is the right event at the right time. Bengaluru is reeling under a severe garbage crisis. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) spends Rs 300 to Rs 500 crore on waste management and yet there are tonnes of waste across the city. Not to mention, toxic landfills in and around the city. 

“Proper segregation, prompt collection, systematic transport and scientific processing is the need of the  hour,  and  citizens  have  to  come  together  to  address  the segregation  which  is  directly  in  our control,” says Kavitha Reddy, one of the members of HaSiRu Mithra. “Segregated Waste indeed leads to faster collection and transport.” 

“Segregation not only reduces cost, pollution (air, soil, water) and fewer landfills, but also increases recycling, composting, resources recovery and sustainability,” says Lalithamba V, another HaSiRu Mithra member. 

“The  twin  methods  of  segregation  and  composting  promotes  greener,  cleaner  and  healthier environment,”  says  Brig  (retd)  RS  Murthy,  President,  HSR  Layout  Sector  2  Residents  Welfare Association, and an active member of HaSiRu Mithra. 

Agrees  fellow  HaSiRu  Mithra  member  Shanthi  T:  “If  we  demand  a  better tomorrow, we  have  to leave behind a better environment for the future generation. But for that, we need to do our bit.” 

HaSiRu Mithra is inviting residents to be part of this workshop and also bring their family and friends. They are also encouraging people to bring their children as well as the workshop will have Poster Making competitions and Waste Segregation games for children. 

And those who want to join HaSiRu Mithra and spread the message of segregation and composting can register on December 13th and become a volunteer with HaSiRu Mithra. 

Friday 11 December 2015

Waste Segregation FAQs

  1. What is SWM?  What is MSW?
    1. Solid Waste Management, Municipal Solid Waste.

  1. What is Waste Segregation or Garbage Segregation?
    1. Waste Segregation means keeping Wet, Dry Waste and Rejects/Debris separately so that Dry Waste can be recycled or disposed scientifically, Rejects/Debris  can be treated and sent to landfills and Wet Waste can be composted (converted to manure) or used for bio-gas production

  1. Why should we Segregate Waste?
    1. Segregation is the first step towards better SWM and a better locality/city.
                                         i.    Reduces Cost of Garbage Management
                                       ii.    Increases Re-cycling & Composting
                                     iii.    Reduces Pollution of Air, Water, Soil
                                      iv.    Increases Environmental Sustainability
                                        v.    Reduces Landfills & Dumping
                                      vi.    Increases faster clearance of Garbage in the locality
                                     vii.    Promotes Healthier, Cleaner & Greener Locality

  1. How much Waste Ward 174 & Ward 190 generate?
    1. Ward 174 & 190 generates about 22-25 tons of Garbage each per day, per person Waste generation is about 200-450 grams per day.

  1. What is the composition of Waste generated in Bengaluru?
    1. According to the BBMP SWM report
                                         i.    32 % of Recyclable Waste
                                       ii.    60 % of Organic Waste
                                     iii.    06 % of Debris/Rejects
                                      iv.    02 % of Medical Waste

  1. Where does Waste go after Collection for HSR Layout?
    1. The Wet/Organic Waste of 6-7 tons per day goes to KCDC located in Somasundrapalya. Dry & e-Waste goes to Dry Waste Collection Center (DWCC) the 24th Main, next to Bangalore One for separation and then sold to recycling units. Rejects/Debris goes to BBMP identified landfills.
  1. What are the different types of Waste?
    1. Waste can be classified broadly into 5 types:
                                         i.    Wet or Organic or Compostable Waste
                                       ii.    Dry Waste or Recycle-able Waste
                                     iii.    Medical & Sanitary Waste
                                      iv.    Electronic Waste or e-Waste
                                        v.    Rejects or Debris

  1. What is Wet or Organic or Compostable Waste?
    1. Vegetables & Fruits Peels, Leftover Food, Leaves, Egg Shells, Meat, Bones, Tea Bags, Coffee Grind, Rotten Vegetables & Fruits, Tissue soiled with Food, Twigs, Flowers and Nutshells.

  1. What is Dry Waste or Recycle-able Waste?
    1. Paper, Cartons, Boxes, Tins, all Plastic items, Metal items, Cloth, Tetrapak, Aluminium Foil, Runner, Glass Bottles, Balloons, Ceramic, Dusters, Scrubbers, Brushes, Thermocol, Wood, Leather, Rexine, Canvas, Ropes, Coconut Shells.

  1. What is Medical & Sanitary Waste?
    1. Sanitary Napkins, Diapers, Condoms, Ear buds, Syringes, expired Tablets.

  1. What is Electronic Waste or e-Waste?
    1. CDs, DVs, Tapes, Batteries, Charges, Unbroken Blubs/Tube lights, Mobiles, Wires.

  1. What is Rejects or Debris?
a.    Blades, broken Glass Pieces, Cement, Swept Dust, Pet Poop, Hair, Nails, Soiled Cloths, Construction waste, Ashes, broken Plant Pots, Fireworks/Crackers waste, Cigarette butts.

13.How do I dispose Bouquets?
    1. To dispose Bouquets, first separate flowers and leaves and put in Wet Waste and rest i.e sponge, wire etc in Dry Waste.

  1. How to dispose Oil/Gravy?
    1. Oil can be disposed directly into the drain, in case of Gravy it can be strained out into the drain and the put in the Wet waste bin.

  1. How many Bins should we have at home?
    1. Ideally 3 Bins/Bags
                                         i.    1 Bin for Wet Waste
                                       ii.    1 Bin for Rejects/Dust/Debris
                                     iii.    1 Bin or Bag for Recycle-able Waste
                                      iv.    Note: e-Waste can be given it in the Recycle-able Waste in a separate cover.

  1. Can I give Wet Waste in Plastic Bag, because Bin will become dirty?
    1. No, please do not give Wet Waste in Plastic Bag, layer the bin with newspaper, and remove/drain excess water in the Waste and put it in the bin directly. Newspaper will ensure the bin stays clean. Once the Wet Waste is taken, rinse the bin and use.

  1. How and when is Waste/Garbage collected?
    1. Wet & Reject Waste is collected 5 days a week, and Dry Waste is collected twice a week (Wednesday & Saturday). If your collector is mixing Waste or not collecting Waste please inform BBMP Health Officer Mr Mahesh 9902347688 or HaSiRu Mithra

  1. Is Waste/Garbage collected Door-2-Door even in Apartments?
    1. No, Waste is not collected Door-2-Door in Apartments, you have to leave the Waste at a common place designated or as suggested by your RWA, the Collectors will then collect it from the common place.

  1. Is non-Segregation of Waste punishable?
    1. Yes non-Segregation is punishable; non-compliance will attract penalty from BBMP.

  1. Should I/We pay money for the Collector?
    1. No, do not pay any money for the Collectors; they have a contract with BBMP for collection. If the Collectors demands money please inform BBMP Health Officer.
    2. But if you live in an Apartment please check for the BBMP rules/guidelines on Waste collection with your RWA or with BBMP Health Officer.

  1. Whom should I complain if Collector does not come regularly?
    1. If the Collector is not regular you can complain to the BBMP Health Officer or HaSiRu Mithra.

  1. Can we process our Waste at Home/School/Apartment/Restaurant?
    1. Yes you can do Composting at your Home/School/Apartment/Restaurant there are small & medium scale option for Composting, compost can be used for the plants and trees in the garden. Wet Waste can also be converted into Bio-Gas, which can be an alternate cooking fuel. These solutions are cheaper, simple and are readily available.

  1. How much money does BBMP spend Garbage Management per year?
    1. BBMP spends over Rs 300-500 Crs per year on Garbage Management; Bengaluru spends more money on SWM than any other city. Segregation and better collections can reduce the cost by Rs 200 Crs per year.

  1. Will Dry Waste smell if I store it for a week?
    1. It will not smell if it is clean and dry, make sure that plastic sachets of Milk, Curds, Oil, Idly batter and any other food item are cleaned of contents and dried before being put in the Dry Waste bag.

  1. If I order take away from a local hotel do I have to rinse the plastics bags/containers?
    1. Yes, any plastic containing any food has to be rinsed with water and dried before being put into the dry waste bag.

  1. How do I dispose dog/cat poop? 
    1. Wrap the pet poop in a newspaper, and put it in the Debris/Rejects bin.

  1. I have never touched waste in my life, I find it too yucky. 
    1. Don’t worry, we all do it yucky! Please use disposable rubber hand-gloves, use them 3-4 times and throw used hand-gloves along with other rejects.

  1. My maid disposes off waste in my house and she mixes all the waste. What do I do? 
    1. Please train your maid on waste segregation practices or check with your apartment if they offer any training.
    2. If you don’t speak Kannada and have any difficulty in explaining to your maid, then please encourage her to attend the training programmes organised by HaSiRu Mithra or any other organisation in your locality. 

  1. I don’t have time to line my bins with paper or clean all food packages before putting in Dry Waste bin, what do I do? 
    1. Lining your bin with a newspaper does not take much time and saves time later as you don’t have to clean your bin often. Please try it once and see.
    1. Leave all your packaged food containers in or near the kitchen sink and ask your maid to rinse them once. You can also re-use all plastic containers; you can even grow plants in them.

  1. I have dependent parents/grand-parents/in-laws and children in my house and find it difficult to enforce all these practices. What can I do?
    1. Ideally, the bins should be placed in the locations where you generate waste. For example, if you have old people or babies who use diapers, place a rejects bin in the room where they stay and line it with a newspaper, so that it is easy to handle used diapers. If there is a lot of food waste generated in the children’s bedroom, then place a small Wet Waste bin in that room and another bigger one in the kitchen.

  1. I already pay my taxes, BBMP should I be Segregating Waste, Why is BBMP putting the burden on me?
    1. Sadly, we have not been managing waste properly in India and we are realising now only when it has become too difficult to manage. Segregation of waste is the norm in most countries across the world.

It’s our Constitutional duty to Protect and Improve the Environment (Ref Article 51A of The Constitution of India)

As Citizens we have a responsibility towards Environment Management, we must not only keep our houses clean and tidy but also be concerned about also about our neighbourhood. A Clean Environment leads to a better Health and better Living conditions to everyone. We as Citizens should follow the guidelines of the Civic Authorities at all times. 

Saturday 5 December 2015

Waste Segregation Workshop

Lets come together and campaign, spread awareness and make our locality Garbage Free. It can only have if citizens come together, let us not outsource our destiny.