K Latha Narasimhamurthy
Former Corporator, Ward 174, Bangalore
Non-Official Director, Bharat Dynamics Ltd

Solid Waste Management in HSR Layout

Solid Waste Management in HSR Layout kicked off soon after corporator Smt. Latha Narasimhamurthy was elected.

Towards a clean layout Waste bins distributed after awareness drive
The HSR Layout residents and their Corporator Latha Narasimhamurthy are going all out to make their layout clean and garbage-free. A campaign was launched to create awareness about waste segregation in Agara Village and HSR Layout 4th Sector. The campaign emphasized the need for separating wet and dry kitchen wastes and putting them in two different bins (red and green) and handing them over to garbage collectors.

Garbage dumps to Tulsi plants In an effort to improve waste management and keep the ward clean, garbage dumps were identified. These sites were cleaned up and boards warning against dumping garbage at these sites were put up. Also, in collaboration with Art Of Living volunteers, Tulsi plants were planted at the sites.

Eco friendly bags
As part of the 'HSR Goes Green' campaign, vegetable vendors were educated about replacing plastic bags with eco friendly bags. Eco friendly bags were distributed to the vendors.

Walkathon under the slogan "HSR Goes Green", a brain child of HSR Layout corporator Latha Narasimha Murthy was organised on September 1st, 2012 to make HSR the first "Green Layout" in Bangalore. The objective of the walkathon was to create awareness about misuse of plastic and to make HSR Layout an environmentally concious layout. Walkathaon commenced from Agara and culminated at BDA complex. HSR residents and students from local schools and colleges participated actively in the walkathon.

Awareness campaign
After the grand success of the Walkathon, Corporator Latha Narasimhamurthy along with IT Employees forum spread awareness in village pockets of the ward. They went around the village door to door , educating masses about the proper way of segregation and disposal of wet and dry waste.

Installation of compost unit
A compost unit for composting wet waste was set up in Sector 3 twin park. Corporator Latha Narasimhamurthy, Sector 3 RWA office bearers, BBMP officials and the residents were present. The residents around the park bring their wet waste and dump it into the composter everyday.

Skit by Fujitsu - IT company
'Catch them young' - keeping that in light, a skit was enacted during the painting competition for children . The skit was to make the children aware of keeping our neighbourhood and environment clean.

Dry Wast Collection Center A dry waste collection center is constructed in HSR Layout, Sector 1 to collect the dry waste from the ward. Over 600kgs of dry waste is collected everyday .

Door-to-door Campaign Door to door campaign in HSR Layout sectors is an ongoing effort. Resident volunteers have been going door to door to educate the residents about waste segregation. This effort had been successful and waste is getting segregated in many sectors of the layout. In conjunction, the pourakarmikas are also educated about collecting segregated waste and disposing them in the right way. The garbage collections autos now carry bins to collect wet waste and send them to KCDC (Karnataka Compost Development Corporation). The dry waste collected is brought to the DWCC ( Dry Waste Collection Center) in Sector 1. Smarthanam trust, an NGO working for Differently Abled, collects the dry waste and sends them to recycling. The other waste that does not fall into either category is sent to compactor from where it goes to the landfill.

Everyday 1500 kgs of dry waste is collected at Dry Waste CollectionCenter, HSR layout
Around 3000 kgs of wet waste is sent to Karnatake Compost Development Corporation
Only 1.5 compactor load goes into landfill(as of March 2014)

A study of a sampling of mixed waste collected shows the following :

A detailed report of the study can be found here
Thanks Sinu Joseph and Bhaskar for the report.

Guide to segregate garbage

Wet waste (Organic Waste)

Dry Waste� Recyclable

Dry Waste- Non-Recyclable

Fruits and Vegetables, Tea, Coffee grounds, Tea Bags and Egg shells Cooked food, Bones, Saw Dust Dried leaves, Shredded Paper. Used Plastics, Milk Packets, Tins, Tooth Paste tubes, Glass Bottles, Tetra Packs, Old Clothes, News Papers, Books etc� Diapers, Sanitary Napkins, Dead Animals, Cigarette Butts, Hair and other hazardous waste such as medical wastes, batteries, CD/DVD, cosmetics, tube lights, Paints, Razor Blades, Broken Glass

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