1,300 HOUSEHOLDS PRACTICING SEGREGATION
28 TONNES OF WASTE MANAGED A MONTH
11 WASTEPICKERS EMPOWERED
The Ecogram Project is a project that addresses issue of waste management, soil, and water depletion in the Bettahalasoor Gram Panchayat in North Bangalore. The project commenced in June 2016 and is a partnership between Embassy Group of Builders and The Anonymous Indian Charitable Trust (TAICT). HDI is involved in the solid waste management operations in the 7 villages that are adopted by the project. The 7 villages that are included in the project are:
We have a total of 11 workers who manage the project, this includes two drivers,
two loaders and one supervisor who handle the entire waste collection process
from the 1,451 households of the project; while four sorters and one supervisor
are involved in the secondary segregation of all dry waste in a Dry Waste
Collection Centre (DWCC) that has been established at the site.
Currently we manage 28 tonnes of waste in a month using the de-centralised model of responsible waste management. De-centralised waste management allows for the self-sustainable management of waste generated by communities and avoids CO2 emissions typically generated when waste is transported long distances. Wet waste the biggest component of waste generated is composted on site, while dry waste is sorted in the DWCC into 18 categories before it is sent for recycling, sanitary waste is transferred to a bio-medical incineration plant and swept dust and inert wastes are sent to the landfill.
With grassroot education we have established and maintained a 90-93% household segregation rate across the panchayat. While programmed on menstrual cup use and sustainable menstruation look to reduce the amount of sanitary waste generated. Through the Ecogram Project we have demonstrated the successful integration of wastepickers into a circular economy model while providing them with worker rights and dignity of livelihood. We also demonstrate our operational robustness to a sustainable, grassroot empowered community, one that is replicable across geographies.
Waste collection vehicle at the Ecogram Village
Workers collecting waste from the residents during the daily collection
Wet Waste being unloaded getting ready to be turned into compost
Workers sorting dry waste on a sorting table
Dry Waste being segregated
PET PLastic sorted and ready to be sent to the end destination for recycling.
127 COMPANIES MANAGING WASTE RESPONSIBLY
266 TONNES OF WASTE MANAGED A MONTH
29 WASTEPICKERS EMPOWERED
Since May 2018 HDI has been tendered for the Integrated Solid Waste Management
in the Electronic City Industrial Township Area in Bangalore. The Area is spread
across 903 acres and encompasses 158 companies. We provide the corporate
companies in ELCITA with waste management services using the polluter pay
principle and we use the de-centralized model of waste management to manage all
waste generated by the township in the township.
The township authority has provided us with a solid waste plant in the township where we compost the wet waste and sort the dry waste into their different categories. At the township we are responsible for the end-to-end management of all waste generated and we begin with the collection and transportation of the waste generated by all our clients. After the segregated waste is collected it is transported to the on-site waste management facility, here we compost some of the wet waste in-situ while the remaining wet waste is taken to an outside composting facility. The dry waste is sorted once more into its constituent categories (paper, plastic, glass etc.) before it is sent for recycling according to its stream. The reject waste that is collected is sent to a sanitary landfill while the garden waste is community composted in partnership with local farmers. In our ELCITA operations we have successfully leveraged technology to provide greater transparency and ease of invoicing with our client partners through the igotgarbage.com platform.
Currently we provide waste management services to 127 companies in the township processing 266 tonnes of waste a month enabling us to provide livelihoods to 29 waste-workers including 4 drivers, 6 loaders and 9 sorters.
Through our ELCITA operations we have demonstrated the successful amalgamation of large corporations, private enterprise, informal wastepickers and government bodies to establish a sustainable and circular economy.
Hasiru Dala Innovations ELCITA Solid Waste Management Team
ELCITA Waste Collection Vehicle
ELCITA Daily Waste Collection
The composting facility where waste is composted at the ELCITA facility
A worker preparing fresh compost
Baling Machine Baling Segregated Dry Waste
Baled Tissue Paper ready to be sent for recycling
Workers loading carton boxes to be sent to the end destination where they will recycled
Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited is a for-purpose, not-for-loss social enterprise that is focused on fostering entrepreneurship in and creating better livelihoods for wastepickers through inclusive businesses that have an environmental impact.
Address : Hasiru Dala Innovations Private Limited D20, A/B Block, 4th floor, Golden Orchid, 10/8 Kasturba Road, Bangalore – 560001.