The Magnolias, an upscale condominium on Golf Course Road built on 26 acres, has set up a green waste management plant to reduce dependency on landfills and the waste treatment plant in Bandhwari.
The solid waste is segregated and processed at the plant and is turned into compost for horticulture use. The compost can be collected free of cost by residents from the garbage room and used in balcony gardens.
The Bandhwari plant, situated along with the Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway, has been shut since June 2013. Garbage from Gurgaon and Faridabad is currently dumped at Bandhwari without treatment.
The new occupants and domestic helps in this condominium are given training in the waste management system of the condominium. Whenever a new resident moves into The Magnolias, an orientation programme brings them abreast of the waste segregation and management process
“The household waste comprises kitchen waste, newspapers, glass and plastic bottles and e-waste, which can be reused again. Organic waste and recyclable wastes are collected in two separate bins. The kitchen food waste is segregated and processed with sawdust before it is left to turn into manure,” said Priyadarshini Vig, a DLF representative.
The waste management system was conceptualised during the construction stage and was part of the building project plan. To install the waste management system in the condominium, the developer spent around Rs 17 lakh and it took several months to become completely operational.
The plant has a capacity of nearly 450-900 kilogram waste a day. The condominium generates close to 350 kilograms of organic waste a day.
“We are trying to spread awareness within the condominium and also outside about the benefit of such compost pits that can turn solid waste into organic compost,” Surbhi Sharma, a resident, said.
“We are proud of the waste management system that we have here. It is truly world class,” Jyoti Sagar, a resident, said.
Vig said, “There have been regular meetings with residents to create awareness. Since all kitchens generate similar waste, it is easy to process.”
She said the condominium has a large walk-in refrigerator to store and maintain the garbage at a temperature of 0º- 5º centigrade. This keeps the waste dry while draining out the leachate.
Resident Sameeta Sharma said, “The facility is well thought out and includes an air-conditioned room to store wet garbage so that there is no foul smell. The workers here do an amazing job of segregating the waste.”
The condominium also has seven rainwater harvesting pits to help boost the groundwater level. It is a zero discharge society as it operates a 400 kilolitre per day sewage treatment plant in the complex. The treated sewage is used for in-house horticulture activities.
Other upscale condominiums —Vipul Greens, Vastu Apartment in Sector 55, Hamilton Court in DLF Phase 4, World Spa in Sector 31, DLF Courtyard in DLF Phase 5 and ANX apartments — have also came come up with initiatives to manage waste.