Anumber of private players are venturing into the space of waste recovery through sustainable use of bio-degradable waste. KK Sharma, ED & CEO, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd, speaks about the efforts of his company in this domain.
How successfully have methods of ensuring segregation of waste being carried out?
Improper handling of solid waste and indiscriminate disposal in open spaces, tank beds, etc., gives rise to numerous potential risks to the environment and to human health. Tata Power, through its 100 per cent subsidiary, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL), has been at the forefront of improvement to the standard of living for its communities through its Rural Solid Waste Management Programme.
The Programme was launched by CGPL in December 2015, and has already been implemented in five villages. The objective of this initiative is to maximise waste recovery through sustainable use of biodegradable waste, and recycling of waste, thereby aiming to minimise waste disposal onto dump yards and landfills. CGPL/Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT) has established three segregation centres across villages in the proximity. The Rural Solid Waste Management (RSWM) Programme undertakes a focused strategy which includes conducting an assessment of the area, training the waste management team, raising public awareness and lastly collection and segregation of waste.
CGPL has enabled the villages to segregate their waste into wet and dry waste, in addition to the waste segregation centres. The wet waste will be used to derive manure. Dry waste will be sold to recyclers, thereby ensuring that the centres remain self-sufficient.
Steps of the Waste Management Programme
1)Assessment of the area where the project would be implemented;
2)Consultation with the relevant Panchayat;
3)Deployment of the project personnel;
4)Awareness, capacity building and exposure visit of SHG members, school students, Gram Panchayat members and waste-pickers;
5)Finalisation of the work module in consultation with the Panchayat;
6)Rolling out of the activities under the waste management programme, viz., extensive campaign and placement of dustbins;
7)Activation of the segregation centre;
8)Regular follow-up and handholding support to the Panchayat and community;
9)Establishing a mechanism for selling of non-biodegradable recyclable waste and compost preparation from biodegradable waste;
10)Sustaining the programme.
Which private players of local/national/international repute were assigned contracts for executing the garbage disposal/waste water projects?
While CGPL continues to invest, and look into waste management programmes, we also get support from local NGOs and associations. For example, CGPL has partnered with Sahjeevan, an NGO based out of Kutch in Gujarat for implementing its waste management programme.