Clean & Green RWAs

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation of the Indian capital gave notice to 132 Resident Welfare Associations in August 2020 to  segregate waste under the Swachh Survekshan ordinance of 2020. The notice was issued on the basis of poor performance in Swachh Survekshan 2020. As per Times of India the South Delhi Municipal Corporation responded by issuing the notice to Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) to cultivate healthy civic practices of  segregation of waste at source, a key concern red-flagged by experts.

In another interesting news by Hindustan Times in January 2021 the  South Delhi Municipal Corporation announced a award of ₹10 Lakh to RWAs segregating 100% waste at source”.

The civic body on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 moved a proposal to carry out development works up to ₹10 lakh in the colony or society where 100% waste segregation is done at source.The proposal was moved during the south corporation’s budget presentation wherein it suggested that a fund of ₹5 crore be marked for this purpose.

Municipal officials said as per Solid Waste Management Rules 2016, waste segregation should be done at the source both in commercial and residential areas. Wet waste or kitchen waste should be deposited in green bins and dry waste, such as plastic bottles, milk pouches, in blue bins. Hazardous waste —such as needles, sanitary napkins, among others — are to go in red bins.

Officials from the department of environment management services of SDMC said that the process of waste segregation in residential areas under SDMC’s jurisdiction is compulsory for RWAs to provide segregated waste to garbage collectors. “To ensure compliance, we have taken a number of measures which include educating public about the importance of waste segregation and also provided them manure in exchange of kitchen waste.

To address this matter XENA GLOBAL FAMILY FOUNDATION called a special meeting on the issue of waste management in RWAs in Delhi NCR on 2nd of November, 2021. The meeting was headed by the Vice President, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Dr. Chandra Mohan Nautiyal and attended by Dr. Poonam Arora – Sr Vice President XGFF , Mr. Amitava Pathak – President XSCF  and Ms. Nisha Samuel – Jt. Director Outreach program XENA WORLD. & Dr Sanjay Marale, President SESD, New Delhi.

The INSA, XENA & SESD will take up the challenge of segregation of the household waste in four Residents Welfare Associations in Delhi as a pilot project. After successful implementation, the project will be replicated in other RWAs of Delhi. The INSA will help in getting the financial resources related to the project. The ZENA family will help in technical knowledge and SESD will execute the project. The project proposes involving Kamala Nehru College, Mata Sundri College, R.L. Anand College from University of Delhi & YMCA in the advocacy and implementation activities.

Objectives: 

• Bring an experts to educate participants in efficient waste management

• Help RWAs to segregate 100% of its waste at source in their colonies.

• The students and experts from the above mentioned partners will interact face to face with the residents to aware them about segregation of kitchen waste to be deposited in green bins and dry waste such as plastic bottles, milk pouches, in blue bins & hazardous waste such as needles, sanitary napkins, among others in red bins.

• Train residents to convert kitchen waste to manure through vermi-composting.

• Help residents in improvement & beautification of the colony, park, roads etc.

• Developing RWAs as healthy competitors in terms of waste segregation and management.

• Conduct conferences, training workshops, quizes, poster presentations and video competitions to raise awareness, campaigns, rallies, paidal marches in the colony to inspire residents to achieve cleanliness and waste management. The activity will be carried out under the umbrella of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  which were adopted by 193 countries in Septeber, 2015 at an historic UN Summit held in New York. In the big picture it is important to measure the progress of the countries and sharing the experiences related to the challenges and best practices related to social inclusion, economic sustainability & environment protection.  Waste management is a critical step that needs to be discussed at the national and international levels. Environmental problems are getting worse day by day, especially in developing countries. The impact of environmental degradation and slow progress on SDGs is taking a toll on humanity in the form of deaths and economic loss caused due to pandemics like COVID 19. The project will address the pertinent and serious issue of household waste management through this project.

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