Sobha Aster - Solid Waste Management in a 50 Unit Apartment Complex


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On 13-Oct-2012, ApartmentADDA and DailyDump together concluded an info-packed workshop on Solid Waste Management, exclusive for Apartment Complexes in Bangalore.

This presentation is about how Sobha Aster, a 50 unit complex in Bannerghatta, Bangalore managed to process 1000kg of solid waste in 4 months. It also details about the various methods and monthly expenses taken care to employ this Fully Sustainable Solid Waste Management in the Apartment Complex.

To get a detailed idea about the case study check the link here

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Sobha Aster - Solid Waste Management in a 50 Unit Apartment Complex

  1. 1. Sobha Aster • Vijaya Bank Colony, Bilekahalli • Off Bannerghatta Road • 49 apartments • 2008 – Anoop Nambiar – Natarajan Kannan
  2. 2. Our journey• Processed about 1000 kg of waste in 4 months (pilot)• 100 kg of compost obtained, 100 kg in process• 50% reduction in garbage volume after pilot• Full system in place – segregation, wet waste and leaf composters, dry waste management• Investment of 60 k for the pilot, 1 lakh for full capacity – 2 k per apartment• Monthly operational expenses of 2 k, about 2 k generated thru dry waste selling• A fully sustainable model
  3. 3. Charity begins at homeBins for sanitary and wet waste Dry waste stored at home
  4. 4. The daily process Wet waste Dry wasteLeaf composter
  5. 5. From 13 bags to about 2 buckets 1 bucket 2 buckets of sanitarycomposted daily waste sent to landfill
  6. 6. Wet waste to compost in 10 weeks Compost being sieved Fill it, mix it and leave it Final compost in 10 weeks Various stages
  7. 7. Save your leavesLeaf mulch in about 6 weeks
  8. 8. Our maids are excited about dry waste Revenue of 2000 per month – shared equally by the maids and gardener
  9. 9. How do we ensure the system works?• System, advisory and training from Daily Dump• Awareness campaign internally before launch of pilot• Started with pilot – but with all components• Maids fully trained and incentivized• Internal policy and guidelines discussed and circulated – stiff penalties for default• Personal supervision• Soft launch in Oct for segregation• Focus on waste segregation as a resident responsibility – resulted in proper implementation
  10. 10. Our heroesAnasuya, Eshwaramma, Sakkamma
  11. 11. Our challenges and learning’s• Indifference during initial stages – but no active resistance• Internal campaign and selling• Make the system simple to use• Tweaking the process – trial and error• Strong internal policy – multi-pronged approach, awareness, forgiveness, arm twisting• Ownership of the objectives and process – maids, residents• Revenue generation a pleasant surprise!
  12. 12. What’s next?• Full implementation of wet waste composting for all 49 apartments (by end Oct)• Medical, hazardous and sanitary waste management – explore options and vendors• E-waste management with Saahas – setup quarterly cycle• Engage with Goonj for used item donations – setup quarterly cycle• Setup a vegetable garden at Aster• Lower operational costs – have a surplus• Ensure 100% compliance from residents• Be self-sufficient in managing our waste and be independent THANK YOU