Pramod was studying at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai when he felt that creating awareness about waste segregation and helping convert waste to biogas in his hometown, Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh, could make an environmental impact.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be vociferously backing India’s Swaach Bharat Abhiyaan, but we are yet to see systematic change at the institutional level. Experts advocate the only way out: a change in mindset and the way we manage waste.
The desire to help bring about this change prompted Pramod Bhurji, 27, to found Pune-based DeWaste Environment Solutions Pvt Ltd, whim aims to provide affordable, eco-friendly, and sustainable solid waste management solutions.
Swacch Bharat, Pramod believes, begins with waste segregation at source.
“The situation is grim in Tier II and III cities. They are not even aware about segregation of waste at source. There are no dustbins on streets, and often waste is either dumped in the streets or sewers or burnt,” says Pramod, the Founder of DeWaste Environment Solution.
The pilot project
Chhatarpur, with a population of 1.5 lakh, faced multiple challenges — there was lack of awareness on segregation and disposal of waste, there was irregular collection of waste, and the people did not really know which path to take.
He formulated a plan to convert the waste into biogas, which would reduce dependency on cow dung for cooking and diminish pollution, and approached the town municipality.
“Reducing waste at source is essential and a win-win situation for all— the farmer gets more income as there is less wastage of produce; the consumer gets fresh vegetables that are healthier; and lesser garbage ends up in landfills,” Pramod says.