[Reader-list] Goa Setting New Benchmarks for Waste Management

Kabir Khan kabirkhan1989 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 27 01:25:56 CST 2018

*Goa Setting New Benchmarks for Waste Management

*Kabir Arora*

Goa is a major tourist destination in India. Every year millions of
tourists come down to the state. They eat, drink and party. All this
generates waste. A substantial amount of waste. How does Goa manage its
waste? In January, I went to Goa with this question.

I met Clinton Vaz, who is the founder of Vrecycle. A long-time resident of
South Goa. He worked in Panjim Municipal Council, later worked as a
consultant for residents to set up waste management facilities within their
compound. Over the years, he realised consultation -advice won’t work. He
must get his hands dirty. With that began Vrecycle’s waste management
services. Vrecycle provides waste collection services to more than 10,000
and other units scattered across many village Panchayats and Municipal
Councils in Goa. They support residents to manage organic waste on-site and
collect dry waste segregated in as many as four or more categories- glass,
paper, PET bottles and metals. Sanitary waste is collected separately.

Organic waste is management on-site. For bulk generators, an additional
service of supervising composting services is provided. Whenever required a
supervisor visits the site to see whether the process of composting is in
order. Once a week, they pick up the dry waste. For this village Panchayats
and other bulk generators, pay the user fees. For larger units or bulk
generators, separate bins for dry waste are kept within the compound. The
glass goes in glass bin, paper in bins for paper and plastic in bins for
plastic. Once these bins are full, the residents give a call and a truck is
sent for the collection of segregated dry waste. The segregation of dry
waste within compounds save cost on the first level of sorting of dry
waste. After collection, the segregated dry waste is brought to the
aggregation and sorting unit, if it needs to be sorted further, the sorters
(erstwhile waste-pickers) undertake that process. Otherwise, it is packed
and aggregated before being sent to recycling units. Glass goes back to
soft-drink and alcohol manufacturers via partners of Vrecycle, Plastic and
paper is sent to recycling companies. Multi-layered plastic, for now, is
sent to cement kilns, though not the best option, but with current options
available it is what one has. Continued here...



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