The city is already finding it difficult to tackle the mounting problems of garbage with Uruli Devachi and Phusrungi turning into mega garbage dumps…
Recent data reveals that India is the third largest generator of garbage, of which Maharashtra alone generates close to 10 million tonnes of garbage. It is assumed that by the year 2050, the waste generated would be a whopping 436 million tonnes!
The only solution to the ongoing garbage problem is to decompose the garbage that we generate on a daily basis though the adopting of vermiculture and composting.
Pune365 speaks to citizens and experts on the urgent need for Pune’s citizens to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
Nikhil Kadam, Social Activist opines, “The city has been facing major environmental issues and it is about time that every individual contributes towards sustainable living.
Uruli Devachi and Phurusungi, the dumping grounds of Pune have become overloaded with garbage. Waste segregation is followed only in Pune city and PCMC etc barely follow it. Nobody believes in segregation despite government putting efforts.
The government has already announced that composting is mandatory for every housing society and has also allowed a 5% tax rebate in corporation taxes to encourage this.
Workshops are also regularly conducted to build awareness among the citizens and encourage composting for sustainable living.
Yet, there is lack of awareness among the citizens about the schemes offered by the government. The government cannot be blamed always.
Despite the authorities conducting regular workshops, sessions and seminars for composting, citizens have still failed to understand its need and importance, Kadam added.
Divya Jumani, Environmentalist says, “According to a recent data, India lies among those 10 countries that generate the highest waste amount of Municipal solid waste. Out of which 3 millions of trucks of garbage are left untreated, which contributes a lot to choking our landfills.”
Composting is known to be a natural process that breaks down the organic material into the soil. This darkish brown earthy mixture is rich in vitamins and nutrients and is suitable to use in your garden both as natural soil and a fertiliser,
Divya further opines that “It is a simple process and by doing our bit, we can contribute a lot to the society.
Basically, it is a small garbage treatment plant which not only helps you with the process of composting but also helps in growing your own chemical-free veggies.
The process of making soil through vermiculture is very simple, it includes earthworms, coco peat( easily available in the market) neem and cow dung cake water.
To enhance the nutrient value of the soil add your daily fruit waste, veggie waste, flowers( Nirmalaya) and let the earthworms do their job, Ensure you keep checking it and mixing it well on a daily basis.
I think it is important to pay back the society in whatever we way we can! If we are generating huge amounts of waste, we ought to know what we can do with it It should be an individuals responsibility to destroy (compost) their waste without harming the environment.
More than waste management, it is about utilising our limited resources appropriately, Jumani added.
Housing societies in Pimple Saudagar has taken up the whole idea of composting very seriously, thanks to the WhatsApp groups started by a few green enthusiast says, Radhika Chheda, businesswoman.
Honestly, I use to find this process very cumbersome. Nobody would like to keep stinking wet waste in the house for a time span of 45 days. Our society has made it compulsory for the residents to bring their wet waste into the compound post which it is taken for composting.
Radhika added that “Composting is inexpensive and a natural process that helps me transform kitchen and garden waste into organic food besides helping in protecting the environment.
Composting helps the city manage all the the food scraps and kitchen waste that are generated by individuals and housing societies. The results from composting are outstanding and we have started growing our own vegetables in the society.
Most of us have even started composting in our terrace gardens and we now grow our own veggies essential for daily cooking. Our society generates zero wet waste, and the plastic is taken by RUDRA organisation.
#All views expressed in this article are those of the individual respondents and Pune365 does not necessarily subscribe to them.
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