Any housing complex is like an organism. There is an intake of energy, consumption of energy, and of course, like any other organism, waste generation.
Matoshree Pearl in Mahim, Mumbai, is one such high-rise housing society with 22 floors and 65 apartments. And the waste it generates is so efficiently managed that it is turned into organic fruits and vegetables by the residents.
In three months, Matoshree Pearl has gone from an ordinary housing society to an entirely green housing society, with a self-sustaining waste management programme which recycles kitchen waste into organic compost.
This project was given the go-ahead by society members of the building at their AGM held in August of 2016,” says Satish Kini, recalling how the green movement in the apartment started.
Since that change came about, it has been saving the housing society Rs 40,000 per month in electricity bills.
So with the active support of Managing Committee and RUR Green Life ,a social environment enterprise they launched the Go Green Campaign on Swachhta Divas, Oct 2, 2017, where their objective was to convert wet kitchen waste into compost and recycle as much dry waste as possible.
Their project ‘Green Gold Bio Composters’ was shortlisted in the Top 3 nominations under the category of Solid Waste Management at the third Smart Cities India Awards 2017.
RURs GreenGold Aerobic BioComposter is an innovative eco-technological solution to transform organic kitchen waste into nutrient-rich, 100% natural and organic compost, replicating the natural way of recycling.
Monisha says, “We have created organic terrace gardens at multiple composting sites to create avenues for decentralised utilisation of compost generated by composting kitchen waste wet waste and also create a green cover that reduces carbon footprint.”