Garbage isn't exactly Rocket Science but given the filth around us, one would think it is! Given that the Government struggles with Execution and Enforcement of its well thought out policies and programs, we looked to see how exactly we can get a handle on this and if it was even possible. Turns out, it is definitely possible and "We" can do a lot with what is in our control. To understand exactly what is going on, click here. Or cheat and just read the below. (And follow too!)

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You and your family

1. Compost! Start by taking the one week challenge. Check out the Swachagraha campaign.
2. Unpackage your life!! See the image on the right.
3. Reuse or Donate with grace.
4. Segregate your waste so well that hardly anything (5%) goes to the landfill from your home.
5. Give your cleaned tetrapacks to Joy at Work so it can be recycled.
6. Make your events Garbage Free
7. Gift with thought. That shiny packaging? That's a strict NO NO! Instead gift upcycled products or plants.
8. Having a big party? Don't pick up those non eco friendly disposable plates. Try Dinnerware on rent.
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Your neighborhood

1. Implement Segregation at source in your community. Many communities in Whitefield have successfully implemented it. To get started, check this video
2. Manage any wet organic waste that is collected inhouse by setting up low cost in situ composting! 70% of your garbage then will NOT leave your neighborhood and infact will be your wealth. Review a whole range of options in this blog Endlessly Green| Community Composting
3. Get a Responsible Vendor - one who takes your garbage to the right areas for further processing.
4. Don't let your leaves or greenery waste get out of your neighborhood. Instead shred and layer them either to compost or give away to farmers who really need this for their farms.
5. Ensure your events are all Green and garbage free. It is so easy once you know how and really want to do it.
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Schools & Colleges

1. Compost all your food waste and ensure the kids learn about this.
2. Include Trashonomics in the learning curriculum. Find out more about this. Ensure your E waste is responsibly recycled
3. Encourage reuse . Eg: Tetrapack collction for repurposing by Joy at Work which will also employ our neighborhood women creating a livelihood
4. Reduce use of all disposables. Those paper plates are still not good even if you got rid of styrofoam or plastic.
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Companies

1. Compost all your food waste - consider a biogas plant
2. E Waste to be responsibly recycled.
3. Does your break room still have disposable cups?? Time to change!
4. Gift Plants instead of "material" products that will end up in the trash
5. Sponsor waste management projects in the community.
6. Conduct Waste Management awareness session for your employees. Reach out to us at swm@whitefieldrising.org for more details

Cap Gemini is building a fantastic waste segregation unit with Saahas at Doddanekundi. We have 5 more wards that need help!

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We understand the issues! We also know what solutions we need. Please do the below.
1. Double our Autos in the Wards
2. Tipper Autos outfitted with Bins to take segregated waste
3. GPS Tracker on Autos
4. Pushcarts to complement the Autos
5. Double the Compactor Trucks as well as midsized trucks for our area
6. Ashoka Biogreen Gas plant for 5 tons coming up at Panathur if you will release the payment. The adjacent Varthur DWCC will handle the accompanying dry waste and then further dispatch those toxic wastes that need care in processing.
7. Create ward and block level auto routes to ensure 100% coverage

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Corporators!

1. Visit successful wards – Eg. Koramangala Kasa Rasa run by Saahas.
2. A Waste processing center in each ward to accept 50% of the ward’s waste. This means the below: Land allocated per ward for waste processing – 0.5 to 1 acre A 5 ton organic waste processing unit A Dry Waste Collection Center

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3. A larger allocation of the above for the WEPPIA zone to manage the waste from all the companies in the area.
4. Identify Garbage transfer areas in your wards.
5. Encourage Shuchi Mitras (Auto Supervisors) for each auto in your ward.
6. Insist on detailed monitoring for each auto to ensure regular pickup and compliance of segregation at source.

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Shops/ Commercial Businesses

1. Don't give bags readily to shoppers. Business won't decrease even if it seems like this is causing a temporary dip. Remember its the right thing to do.
2. Put up posters that say you care for the environment and request people to bring their bags. Like Namdhari.
3. Dispose your waste responsibly. A restaurant or hotel MUST hand over their wet waste to a responsible vendor for processing.
4. Give your tetrapacks to Joy at Work to empower our women's unit.