News - Cashing in on trash
by Life Positive
They have taken responsibility for not only collecting garbage, but also for converting it into electricity, which will be used to light up a sea facing promenade in that area.
The project aims at taking care of five tonnes of garbage per day generated from residential buildings, schools, hospitals and organisations in the locality. Segregating dry and wet garbage, the plant can handle up to five tonnes of organic biodegradable waste per day. It will use a biomethanation process developed by the BMC, the municipal body of the city. The BMC has also allocated about 500 square metres for setting up the plant. Members of the Bandra Reclamation Area Volunteers’ Organisation (BRAVO) found that every residential building generated about 40 kilograms of wet waste daily. They saw potential in using this waste to create energy instead of letting it be taken to the garbage dump.
BRAVO plans to setup one such plant initially and if found to be working as planned, another one is to follow. The plant costs about ` 30 lakh with an annual maintenance cost of Rs. 3 lakh, which will be funded by the Celebrate Bandra Festival association and other corporate bodies. Plans to involve members of the Stree Mukti Sanghatna to operate the plant are also on, providing employment to needy women. Here’s an initiative that needs to be replicated the country over.
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