Eco-friendly anganwadis on the anvil in Ernakulam

By TheHindu on 12 Jun 2018

The Haritha Keralam Mission (HKM) is planning to develop eco-friendly model anganwadis in Ernakulam district by promoting bio-pot composting methods for treatment of biodegradable waste in the institutions.

Five anganwadis each will be selected under every local body in the district in the first phase of the initiative. The project is part of the mission’s implementation of the green protocol in government offices and agencies across the State.

“We are planning to develop models that are sustainable and worth-emulating. Anganwadis under various panchayats could be developed into environment-friendly places by introducing biodegradable waste treatment methods like bio-pot compost,” said HKM Ernakulam district co-ordinator Sujith Karun.

Bio-pots have already been installed in various government and panchayat offices in the district.

Mr. Sujith said nearly 100 bio-pots had been set up for composting biodegradable waste at source itself. Of them, 50 have been installed in offices at the district collectorate. Nearly 40 pots have been set up in panchayat offices. More bio-pots will be installed in offices where the green protocol was implemented recently, he added.

The mission will seek the support of the technical cell of the National Service Scheme (NSS) for training anganwadi staff in effectively managing bio-pots.

They will also be trained in maintaining the waste management system. Besides, the staff will get lessons in scientific segregation of waste generated at anganwadis. HKM has plans to use manure generated from bio-pots at anganwadis for planting saplings and ornamental plants.

The master trainers will educate stakeholders on collecting waste and its appropriate use.

The Office of the Deputy Director of Panchayats in Ernakulam had successfully implemented the green protocol on its premises. It is being projected as an effective model, which could be rolled out at other offices. The biodegradable waste generated is deposited in bio-pots kept in the office.