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What is waste segregation? Separation of our home waste into: 1. Wet waste – from kitchen, garden 2. Dry waste. - Paper + cardboard - Plastic + metal - e-waste + glass
What happens to mixed waste? Rag pickers go through waste to pick out recyclable waste, sell it to scrap dealers. What's left spreads diseases, pollutes the ground and air. Mixed waste in home Dumped near low level park Carried in trucks Goes to dump on outskirts
What happens to segregated waste? Scarce non-renewable raw material is saved – trees for paper, petroleum for plastic, ore for metals. Waste collectors keep the money, their families improve. Segregated waste in home Collected in large bags Sold to scrap dealer Goes to recycling factory
Why should we segregate? To prevent this 1. Waste dumps around the city breeding Cholera, typhoid... 2. Wet waste and toxins from e-waste getting into our ground water. 3. Plastic being burned, polluting our air. To enable this 1. Improve our environment 2. Recycle dry waste and reduce use of scarce raw material 3. Improve the lives of waste collectors.
The present collection system You collect mixed waste in a dustbin, give it to waste collectors every morning.
The new collection system Wet waste – collect in dustbin, give to waste collectors daily, as you are doing now 1. Kitchen + garden waste 2. Bio-medical waste (cotton, sanitary pads, condoms, syringes) wrapped in newspaper. Dry waste – collect in 3 different bags, give every Saturday 1. Bag 1- Plastic + metal 2. Bag 2 - Paper + cardboard 3. Bag 3 – e-waste + glass
What's in it for me? A nice warm feeling that: 1. You have improved the health & earnings of waste collectors. 2. You are improving the environment, cleaning your neighbourhood. Waste landfill in Mavallipura on the outskirts of Bangalore. 3000 tons of garbage are added every day. If the whole of Bangalore adopts segregation, this can be reduced by 90 %, or (optimistically) even by 100 %. You are a part of this great movement.
So who started this? Actually, nobody. The group started with 2 adults, and has now grown to 6 adults and 6 children, all residents of Sadashivanagar. The first 2 adults were inspired by people from Malleswaram, and the rest were inspired by these first 2. Anybody can join, any time. This is OUR movement, by the community, for the community.
How can I be part of this movement ? This is our movement, by the community, for the community. Join the movement. Ensure proper segregation in your home, and follow the Sada Zero system diligently. Lead the movement. Join the group that is implementing Sada Zero. To be one of the leaders, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.