Indian cities create some of the largest amounts of garbage in the world! We produce 62 million tonnes of waste every year. However, much has remained untreated.
So, to solve this problem, Mysore came up with a brilliant idea. They are combining cheap labour with traditional methods and modern plants.
Read on to know exactly how Mysore changes the reputation of India.
Firstly, at around 6:30 a.m., workers with olive green aprons step out and about the city. They do so, to collect garbage.
Subsequently, residents from their homes come out with two separate garbage bins. One is compo-stable, and the other non-compostable
Method of Segregation
Mysore has nine recycling centres. The method to segregate the trash is very simple.
The reusable garbage is preserved for later stages. Furthermore, the non-reusable garbage is composted. Eventually, the compost is sold off to farmers.
This brilliant system is being run by the local government- Panchayati Raj. In addition, there is also support of NGOs, as well as citizens. The entire cost is covered because of the sale of scrap and compost.
A very well planned, and self-sustaining method.
The government is providing their utmost support to make everything function smoothly. They have set up various networks to induce public awareness.
This is being done through campaigns, radio jingles, and WhatsApp messages. Moreover, street plays, pamphlets, and even door-to-door awareness programs are taking place.
Mysore’s recycling system depends largely on government support. Before the government offers any grants, 70% of the cost is covered by selling fertilizer alone.
Consequently, it is shown that this is one of the most efficient models.
This waste management model runs smoothly. However, this is mainly because both the government and residents are willingly involved.
Take a Cue
As mentioned, waste management is a growing concern. Simply by taking cue from Mysore, various Indian states can better their own areas.
The reason it is so effective is that garbage has been turned into cash. Making banking on garbage leads to revenue. This is a cyclical process which other states are missing out on.
Furthermore, many Indian municipalities don’t have sufficient manpower.
In addition, there is also a lack of vehicles and infrastructure.
Both residents and state governments can take a lead from Mysore and join this initiative!