Then came the founder of hasirudala NGO, Smt.Nalini Shekar who explained about organic and inorganic waste. Any waste which can be converted to manure is an organic waste. She explained about how hair, dust belong to wet waste. She also informed about other types of wastes such as sanitary waste, hazardous waste in CFL bulbs, construction/debry waste. She also spoke about how waste pickers can separate plastic into 17-18 different varieties of wastes and paper into 6-7 grades based on their physical properties. In bangalore, today, waste sorters, scrap traders are managing 600-800 tonnes of waste and hence are helping to reduce an expense of Rs.13,00,000 per day. In Pune, waste pickers collect waste from 55 lakh homes and hence have invested in a scrap store and are earning Rs.35,000 to Rs.40,000 as divident per year.
Smt. Nalini also explained about how garden waste should be managed. She advocated that college should involve in waste management and make things happen for the society's good. After her talk there was lunch break for about 40 minutes during which lots of discussions went on among students and lecturers. Then when the afternoon session resumed, Smt.Shirley from JyothiNivas college informed about AURA - go green initiative of her college and Parivarthana started by Mr.Jayakrishna who is a social entrepreneur.
Then came on the stage Smt.Radha.V.Kale who has served in the industry of waste management for a lot of years with an experience of 40 years and who has been the director for the research and development department as well. Let's see what she had to say in the next blog.