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India’s first waste management park thrown opened to public

As part of a citywide awareness campaign called SwachaGraha, India’s first waste management park formally thrown opened to public by Bommanahalli MLA M Satish Reddy on Saturday at HSR layout.

The park is situated inside the BBMP’s ‘HSR Park’ and it is initiated by Solid Waste Management Round Table (SWMRT) in order to decentralize waste management.

The idea behind this is to create learning centers across all the MLA constituencies in the city for a truly hands- on experience.

“From information sessions for volunteers to captivating educational workshops for students, the kendra is expected to grow into a unique waste management knowledge hub,” said SWMRT member Sandya Narayanan.

“In December 2017, the forum along with the local MLA had started lane composting. We now have 10 lane composters. The kendra will now let households and apartment dwellers understand the best composting methods,” says Chitra Praneeth from the forum.

Wet waste to compost to manure is useful for gardening hence kendra has classes in terrace gardening. “There will be stalls showcasing different terrace gardening techniques from scratch. People generally are not aware what happens to their waste after they give it to the Palike. This will show them an entirely different side.” Decentralized waste management is really the way forward, says Narayanan.

“It is critical that more households manage their waste at source through home composting, while the rest can be managed at a neighborhood level. It is clear that with this degree of decentralization, only a meager 5-10% of our waste would go to landfills. What is the key missing piece in this puzzle? Citizens awareness.”

Wet waste is a hugely beneficial resource. and that households big and small, apartment blocks with 20 flats to 300 flats, can plunge deep into composting to make Bengaluru smarter by going greener.

SwachaGraha – (www.SwachaGraha.in) started in 2016 to promote composting across the city. The idea is to partner with citizen groups, policy makers and BBMP to advocate for decentralisation of waste management and to create learning centers across all the MLA constituencies for a truly hands-on experience.

Throughout the last 6 years, HSR Layout has been leading a variety of waste management initiatives, primarily driven by HSR Citizen Forum (a group of active residents) and immensely supported by their MLA and BBMP. Now this team with their MLA’s support are pioneering the implementation of the first composting learning center in Bangalore. From information sessions for volunteers to captivating educational workshops for students, “SwachaGraha Kalika Kendra” is expected to grow into a unique waste management knowledge hub.

“SwachaGraha Kalika kendra”, a composting learning center, It is a first-of-its-kind project in India, located in HSR Park , housing more than 20 composting models including a fully-functional Biogas unit. Besides gaining greater knowledge of composting and its benefits, the Learning Centre visitors would also get a chance to explore a multitude of home-gardening solutions. It is without a doubt the beginning of a very unique and impactful experience – an impending landmark for the garden city of Bengaluru.

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