Some still feel it is an obligatory duty of the BMC to collect waste and manage it, but societies like Raheja Atlantis aren’t wasting time arguing.
A few months ago, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that it would stop collecting garbage from housing societies and bulk waste generators, who produce more than 100kg of waste.
The corporation made it mandatory for them to segregate waste and wet compost waste in the premises, for which they set a deadline of October 2.
While other housing societies are still struggling with the deadline, a 32-storeyed high rise building in Mumbai’s Lower Parel has already started composting their waste.
The residents of Raheja Atlantis have begun producing manure for their 48,000 sq ft garden on the rooftop of the building.
“Earlier, we used to purchase 50kg of compost for our garden, but now in one month itself, we have generated 100kg of organic manure. The operational cost is just ₹18,000 every month, including the money paid to the workers,” Sujata Sridhar, one of the residents of the housing society, told The Free Press Journal.
She also added that the residents had purchased an Organic Waste Composter (OWC) and a crusher machine for composting the wet waste.
The BMC had asked all housing societies to submit their plan of waste management before the deadline, after which they can get another three months to implement it.
While some still feel it is an obligatory duty of the BMC to collect waste and manage it, societies like Raheja Atlantis aren’t wasting time arguing the order. They are just going green.