ENVIS Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

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A step forward by Gurgaon RWAs

The awareness campaign by several citizens’ groups and non-government organisations on waste management has been received well in the Millennium City with a growing number of residents’ welfare associations now coming forward to adopt the source segregation programme. The World Spa, a condominium housing 300 families, could be a role model for many communities as it has achieved 100 per cent source segregation and is disposing its waste in different categories. “At the World Spa we strive to be environmentally conscious and sustainable community. We segregate our waste into five constituents and process it appropriately to do our bit for a clean and sustainable Gurgaon,” said Sidharth Gupta, a resident. Similarly, The Palms has 40 per cent homes sorting their waste.


The residents of this condominium have put up an organic waste convertor to treat their wet waste and make manure for captive consumption -- an ideal way to treat kitchen waste. Their maxim is “Kitchen to Garden”. Richmond Park, Hamilton Court, Garden Estate and few homes in DLF-IV have also initiated the “Doh Bin” waste segregation and disposal model. Veena Padmanabhan, a resident of Richmond Park, said: “We need to be more mindful of our choices and the consequences thereof. We all need to do our bit or will just drown in our trash.” Exclusive Floors in DLF Phase-V have also initiated a dialogue with their communities for waste segregation. Nirvana Country in Sector 50 has been segregating and discarding its e-waste through periodic collection drives.


The solid waste management plant in Gurgaon was shut down in November last and to arrest the impending crisis of waste, some citizens’ groups, corporates and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon are creating awareness in the city to take proactive measures and supporting citizen outreach initiatives such as “Why Waste Your Waste?” and “Doh Bin”. The MCG also plans to rope in waste-collectors to educate people to segregate waste at their household-level. “Waste reduction at landfill sites can take place by undertaking a small step of disposing waste into three categories of wet, dry and sanitary at home. And only the sanitary or non-recyclable rejects should reach the landfill sites. The growing environmental conscience of Gurgaon on waste segregation is noteworthy and the efforts of communities and citizens’ groups need to be applauded for showing the way to other cities,” said Ruchika Sethi, member of Clean Gurgaon, a citizens’ group working towards the cause.


 Hindu, Delhi, 5th June 2014