WASTE MANAGEMENT IDEASThese are some of the ideas that we thought maybe relevant for treating bothsolid and liquid waste. Some of these ideas were given to me by Ms. Almitra Patel(Member Supreme Court Monitoring Committee) who is a friend. We havemodified some of them to make them more efficient. 1. Composting waste in Barrels: This idea came while we were facing scarcity of land to do composting. Plastic barrels can be taken and holes made on the sides and at the bottom. The barrel is placed on bricks. The waste is dumped inside it along with our culture. Air would flow from the holes and compost the material. A lid is placed on top with a stone to avoid any animal menace. Groups could share a barrel and ensure it is not stolen. They could have a stake in the same. This is being followed in Bangladesh. The NGO there is paying Rs 2/- per Kg of compost generated and selling themselves to the market. 2. Waste Segregation at source: This is a novel idea being followed in Salem. The community is being awarded for their effort to segregate waste. They give a pencil for every Kg of plastic waste and a notebook for every 10 Kgs of plastic waste. The Community in turn sells the plastic @ Rs 2.50 per Kg to the market. We could also give lottery or movie tickets for the same depending upon the value realized. In the South, they have kept large jars outside temples. People come and deposit glass into these jars. The glass is sold @ Rs 0/50 per Kg and the money realized is used for white washing of the temple. Attaching a religious sentiment could be a very powerful motivation for people to address their waste. 3. Selling dry waste: We can sell dry waste fairly easily to traders or direct users. The going rate for the same are: Pet Bottles @ Rs 8/- to Rs 10/- per Kg and other waste Rs 2/- to Rs 3/- per Kg. Different types of plastics, glass, metals etc need to be segregated, washed and then sold to get a better value. 4. Treatment of cesspools outside people’s homes: In order to be treated and managed properly, drains would need to be made to collect this water in one place. This water could be treated with our microbial cultures in a simple pond and then used for irrigating plants like banana trees, alokasia (can be used for making vegetables), Cana flowers and Papaya. All these trees and plants can take water logging and would give food to the slum residents. This is in line with urban agriculture as well. The best place to have the plantation would be under the high tension wires, where there is no settlement. 5. Information dissemination: I saw some cable antennas while I was at
the colony. If there is a local cable operator, he could run a film or ad forus, which would go to thousands of homes to create motivation.