One of the cardinal facets of Fomento Resources’ activities is to get involved with communities in its locations and the towns and villages of Goa. A key effort in this direction has been the education of communities on the importance of segregating and treating garbage with particular focus in the urban and semi urban areas.
In 2010, the team involved in the management of Fomento’s largest cultural activity - the week-long celebrations of the Ganesh festival at its Cuddegal mines in South Goa, decided to segregate and manage all the food and pandal waste generated during the festival in a scientific manner.
Over two thousand staff and guests had meals in the large food pandal and canteen during the festival. While all enjoyed the gourmet delights, the resultant waste was processed and managed. In addition, there were used bowls made of leaf to store the daily “Prasad” of sweetmeats and fruit, used flowers, paper and plastic cups and plates.
|Sulo bin used for the disposal of dry waste
||Sulo bin used for the disposal of puja waste
The task of ensuring that this year’s Ganesh festival was truly a “Green” one was entrusted to a special team of waste management consultants. The team deployed its “green rangers” in uniform to collect waste, segregate and process the bio degradable wet waste after due sorting in composting pits. These pits were set up at a temporary waste management station.
Three bins were placed at the food pandal – a green bin for food waste, black for plastic and a red bin for the paper and Prasad cups. Two containers were placed at the Ganapati pandal (one at each entrance) – a blue bin and half metal drum (USE ME drums) for all the garlands and flowers from Ganapati pooja (used flowers) and also for the “Prasad” cups generated used by visitors to the pandal.
Three “green rangers” were assigned to do the following jobs. a) Collection of food waste generated from canteen as well as at the food pandal for treatment, b) Empty bins and pack the garbage in bags generated at the Ganapati pandal, c) Collection of strewn trash in the two pandals after the important daily events and d) Pack it along with dry waste.
While the recyclable waste was kept aside to be taken away, the non-recyclable food waste was neatly transported to the composting station, constructed just across the road from the canteen and placed in compost bits mixed with the right manure and solutions. The process of composting would take about three weeks after which fresh, high quality comport would be generated. This in a limited quantity would be used at the Cuddegal mine premises for its plants.
|The Compost Pit for composting the day to day waste for Ganesh Utsav 2010
||The banners displayed at the entrance of the canteen pandal
While this project was purely an experimental one, the senior team of managers in the mines will discuss ways and means of having a permanent waste management set up as a model as well as an example of the Alliances commitment of contributing to a clean and healthy environment.