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  project name ~ Zero Waste Management 2012

category ~ Environment




  Project Name


Zero Waste Management 2012



AID Bangalore










  Budget Approved


Rs 215000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Saleel Raut











ZWM aims at promoting environmental sustainability by reducing the amouut of waste that reaches the landfill at the same time generating livelihoods for the local community.





1. Tungabhadra , NGV has offset 90% of waste reaching landfills by composting its wet waste and further segregating its dry waste for recycling ie 48 tonnes has been recycled from 54 tonnes of waste generated by the block in one year. 2. The first successful urban model that does both wet and dry waste management in India emulating the vellore model of waste management 3. Winner of the Bangalore ''Recyclathon award'' in 2011 in the less than 250 apartment category for excellence in waste management - competed with 400 other entries 4. Bangalore Mayor Mrs Sharadamma and 20 BBMP officials had visited Tungabhadra ZWM Centre to understand the entire lifecycle of waste 5. Acknowledged by Karnataka Pollution Control Board as the model to be adopted in the notice sent to all major residential apartments in Bangalore dates 25th Nov 2011 6. Generated enough money to self finance itself with ONLY Rs 60 per apartment per month coming from the association. First model to prove the economic value of waste, generating close to Rs.1,86,364 in 13 months from what is thrown into landfills ! 7. Obtained a fee waiver of Rs 42 per flat from KHB with effect from Oct 2011 as an incentive for doing waste management and to ensure the monitory benefits are passed on to zero waste management 8. Tungabhadra is now a living example for atleast 3 apartment complexes in Bangalore (HSR Layout, JP Nagar, Ulsoor and a large scale implementation with BBMP participation in Rajarajeswari Nagar . These apartments take inputs and send visitors to Tungabhadra , NGV to learn about zero waste management 9. Labour challenges were overcome with 4 from the team trained by Vellore Srinivasan joining back since Nov 2011





Environmental Sustainability : Bangalore’s landfills are causing health and livelihood related issues for the rural villages. Bangalore generates 4500 tonnes of waste and dumps into landfills around villages like Mavallipura risking the lives of people , poisoning their water sources. Mercury and lead poisons the food and water causing health hazards to children and adults alike. ZWM @ NGV has achieved environmental sustainability by reducing 90% of waste reaching landfills . 48 tonnes has been recycled from 54 tonnes of waste generated by the block in one year • Livelihood Generation : ZWM at Tungabhadra provides livelihood opportunity by managing waste to atleast 4 underpreviledged women from the nearby slums. The current team employs two old women who have not been able to secure other jobs due to their old age. This job gives them opportunity to sit in one place and do work – doesn’t need heavy work most of the time. One TRWA employee has shown interest in learning the composting and segregation and he has been given additional responsibility by the management committee to supervise the project. The team has been trained by Vellore Srinivasan to do dry waste segregation, wet waste segregation , composting and preparation of Panchagavya • Economic Sustainability : Income generated from waste and organic products is leveraged for covering the ZWM running expenses (see slide 8 for more details)



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