Raheja Classique is a large and premium residential society, adjacent to Infinity Mall in Andheri (W). The residents of the building no 5 within the complex serve as a benchmark for waste management in Mumbai and have decided to manage their waste at source. GCF and a few volunteers from the society connected during the ChangeMaker’s event i.e. part of the inter-society Utopia festival. Mr. A. K. Mittal, Mr. N. Shah and Ms. S. Gangopadhyay, seasoned and committed individuals, are spearheading the waste management process at Raheja Classique.
Green Communities Foundation has organized workshops and training sessions with 13 enthusiastic resident volunteers that will in turn train the remaining households in the building to segregate waste into Wet, Dry and Reject Waste in Green, Blue and Red Bins respectively. Segregated waste is collected daily from their doorstep, wet waste is layered in the compost cage, dry waste is stored until the recycling vendor picks it up and reject waste is picked up by BMC.
Raheja Classique began its pilot segregation and composting process on 19th of July, 13 households have been segregating their waste and the wet waste weight ranges between 10 -20 kgs daily. By the end of August, the entire building with almost 100 apartments should be able to begin segregation and composting process. Both the residents and the team at GCF foresee that the BMC will be strict about not picking up waste from 2nd October onward. We hope that the residents of Mumbai demonstrate a certain amount of urgency toward waste management and at the same time they need to be prudent rather than hasty about their decisions regarding the methodology followed for efficient waste management.