SWACHAGRAHA KALIKA KENDRA
SwachaGraha Kalika Kendra (SGKK) a first of its kind SWM and composting, learning center, conceptualized and curated by SWMRT. Set up as a public project first by the BBMP, Bangalore with the intention of creating large scale information and awareness for encouraging promotion of best waste management practices of resource recovery through recycling, re use, home and community composting.
The SGKK is a collaborative effort with the local citizen group HSR Citizen Forum (HCF) who are passionately involved in the daily activities of composting, growing and outreach.
This uniquely designed public park, by Foley designs showcases vendor and DIY solutions for composting, a community garden, interactive SWM information, and upcycled art installations.
YES IN MY BACKYARD (YIMBY)
This is a 4-point program for apartments and institutions to responsibly manage the waste generated on their own premises. The key objective being to ensure the success of in situ composting of all the organic waste generated through support and hand holding.
It includes guiding communities with segregation at source, and minimization of waste through various initiatives. It is also facilitating to identify suitable composting solutions , identify location, trouble shooting problem areas, and reviving existing installations.
This is to be done through encouraging apartments/institutions to visit the SwachaGraha Kalika Kendra to see the various solutions available to help them make a decision and providing training to the compost karigars who are key to the success of in situ composting.
Finally, the program supports the most effective use of compost. And if you are left with compost that exceeds your needs, you will be connected with our network of buyers of compost through the SwachaGraha Compost Connect program.
SWACHAGRAHA COMPOST CONNECT
SwachaGraha Compost Connect (SGCC) - Taking The biomass back to soil is a first-of-its-kind experiment in India conceived and executed by Solid Waste Management Round Table (SWMRT), Bengaluru. The program works towards connecting urban compost producers from apartments and gated communities, with farmers in and around Bengaluru.
The aim is to send the precious organic waste coming out of urban kitchens and gardens back to the soil in the form of nutritious compost, thereby closing the loop in the most beautiful way possible.
With extraordinary effort and persistence a collaboration of apartment bulk generators and farmer users has slowly taken shape overcoming multiple challenges of misgivings over quality of ‘city compost’ to make it viable for all the parties concerned.
SWMRT members with the farmer community
Over the years, though Bangalore has been the focus of our work, we have been seeing a growing number of enquiries for information and engagement from other cities. So we felt it was time to launch a formal engagement program to cater to these requests. And it is called Knowledge Circles. It would help consolidate and grow our engagement with other cities.
The Knowledge circles program through its approach seeks
To act as mentors to communities, organisations and institutions from other cities
To provide advisory to citizen collectives and organisations
To collaborate with citizen collectives and organisations for promoting SWMRT campaigns on social media
To work within the framework of the existing programmes of SWMRT
SWM IN MUNICIPALITIES
SWMRT strives through its practice and knowledge of solid waste management to work with urban local bodies (ULBs). As a knowledge partner, the intent is to bring in improvements in the functioning of solid waste management activities like creating end to end segregated waste collection, recovery and disposal, and citizen participation.
Implementing holistic Solid Waste Management in Siddipet, Telengana. Including the setting up of Swachh Badi (SWM Learning Center) with the Municipal Corporation of Siddipet
Mentoring and guiding citizen volunteers across BBMP wards to implement good Solid Waste Management practices in their respective areas.
Decentralized waste management is one of our ideologies. To ensure successful in situ composting it is very important to have skilled workers whom we are calling compost karigars. Kaushalya Kalike is the skilling programme to create a cadre of compost karigars who can manage community composting in apartments and institutions.
This program will open livelihood options and create a new set of jobs that will benefit the
community and climate. The program is also to create awareness about this critical job among the various stakeholders and give the compost karigars the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve. The actual skilling program has to commence, but so far we have conducted a couple of smaller skilling batches, as proof of concept.