MUMBAI: Two large commercial kitchens located in a building in Byculla generate 80-120 kg of wet waste each day have decided to recycle it and avoid burdening the city's saturated landfills.
This is the building where the 100-year-old American Express Bakery (AEB) prepares its products for all its retail outlets. Hospitality major Impresario also runs its staff kitchen for 1,000 employees in the premises and will join the initiative.
Yvan Carvalho of AEB said, "We commonly generate approximately 80-120 kg of vegetable peel, eggshells and sundry wet waste items each day. Given the crisis that has engulfed the dumping grounds in our city, we decided to forge a tie-up with the NGO Stree Mukti Sanghatna and the BMC to generate compost from this garbage. All we have to do is segregate dry and wet waste. Pick-up trucks will arrive at our doorstep and the women of the NGO will manage the composting logistics even as they generate additional income. It is a win-win situation for every link in the chain.''
E ward assistant commissioner Kishore Desai launched the facility Wednesday. He said to TOI, "E Ward generates 380 tonnes of waste every day. So every effort by individuals, businesses and societies to reduce the burden is important. Just like the proverbial 'Uski sari meri sari se safed kaisi?', people in a locality tend to do good when they see neighbours doing so. From October 2, the BMC will not collect wet waste from large complexes of 20,000 sq m. But we do not have such big societies in Byculla so our task will continue. I go everywhere that I am invited for such initiatives because the need is mine."
Carvalho's sister-in-law Deepika D'Souza, who forged the partnership, has helped societies in Bandra set up compost pits. "St Paul's runs its kitchen from gas generated by its homegrown compost. There are other advantages too. Once households segregate garbage at source, even the ragpickers who lift dry waste get to work with cleaner recyclable material since wet elements are not mixed in the bin,'' she said.