Green Communities Foundation handholds and provides guidance to societies at each step. One of the most important aspects of waste management is segregation at source. We hold workshops with residents and also provide a segregation chart for further assistance. We have created demos that will walk you through the core steps of segregation.
Household segregation is the first step that is as simple as not mixing waste but segregating into three bins for biodegradable waste, recyclable waste and reject waste into Green, Red and Blue bins respectively. Alternatively, a nylon or cloth bag can be used for recyclable or dry waste.
The next step to segregation is composting. Green Communities Foundation follows the aerobic method for composting using wet waste, Effective Microbial solution, cocopeat, old compost and dry leaves. We have created simple videos that show us how to create a base and a detailed demo of the composting process.
We strongly recommend that a plastic liner should be avoided for any of your dustbins. Instead newspaper liners or no liners can be used. Plastic bags will soon be banned in Maharashtra and moreover, they end up in the sea and eventually our food chain.
You must be wondering that if a plastic bag is not used for the bin, what should be done for leftover food such as dal/sambar/chutney? We recommend that this food should be drained in the sink and the remnants should be added to green bin.
The above videos show us how to dispose wet waste. Up next is Tetrapak storage, did you know tetrapaks can be recycled to create benches, photoframes and more. But how does one store it? Watch this video to learn.
Lastly, we come to reject waste disposal. It is important to wrap sanitary napkins, diapers and broken glass and others in newspaper. One must keep in mind that housekeeping staff and manual scavengers handle this waste more often without gloves.
Moving on from segregation to composting. The next video shows us how to make the base for composting equipment. The same base can be created for cages or perforated drums or individual composters.
The next video shows us how to compost in a cage or drum. It includes layering of wet waste, effective microbial solution spray, cocopeat (plain, non microbial) and old compost.