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India: 60 Mahim families recycle 8,500 kg waste, develop garden in Mumbai

Residents of Matoshree Pearl have started growing vegetables in their terrace garden. (HT Photo)

The residents of Matoshree Pearl, a 22-storey building with 65 flats, have been treating their collective biodegradable kitchen waste within the society premises using two bio-composter tumblers with a capacity of 10 kg each that produce nutrient-rich manure.

By Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
May 7, 2018


November onward, the 4,000sqft terrace of the building was made home to an organic garden where residents grow spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, chili, ladyfinger, fenugreek, lemon grass and many other vegetables. Children from the society have been given a vegetable patch each and they are responsible for nurturing them.

“We have set up a drip irrigation system which uniformly provides water to each of these plantations,” said Shireesh Kedare, resident and professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B).

“This is one society which has made best use of the circular economy model and benefitted the most out of it. More than helping to ease the burden from landfills, this model makes a society self-sufficient. Our focus currently is to inculcate this attitude in more societies, which will give them incentive to adopt waste management at source,” said Chandrakant Tambe, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s solid waste management department.

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