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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Bangalore woman SHOWS how garbage is 'exciting'

Bangalore: Waste management has always been an issue in Bangalore. But a residents association in the city has been working on garbage management for the past 12 years and succeeding.

"Garbage is not a very exciting thing for others, but for us, at least for me it is very exciting,” says President, Scientific Handling of Waste Society (SHOWS), Shalini V Shenoi.

Sixty three-year-old Shalini is a founder member of SHOWS. A residents association in RM Vihar second stage in Bangalore, the society has been managing the disposal of the locality's garbage for the past 12 years.

From segregating waste, to converting biodegradable waste into compost, the organisation ensures that only a third of the total garbage collected is sent out to the city's dumping grounds.

"Our motto is to reduce the garbage going out of our area. Recycle and reuse is alright, but take care of your own garbage,” says Shalini.

The manure produced in the process is sold to the residents at a fixed price and the proceeds are used to pay society employees and to maintain the community park. The Greater Bangalore Municipal Body has also lauded the initiative.

"In Bangalore city we are collecting almost 3,500 tonnes of garbage. Half of the quantity of garbage, which we transport can be reduced if all residents resort to this type of activity,” says Zonal Commissioner, BBMP, S N Nagaraj.

The idea is now being adopted by several other localities in the city. And with a 100 per cent success rate, and 1,500 kilograms of manure per annum as the only end result, the initiative is bound to make the city cleaner and greener.

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