Sustainable Systems – Sustainable Systems in our Surroundings

Sustainable Processes in my Surroundings:

Composting of Organic Waste in my Complex:

A decade ago, the waste from all the flats of our complex was collected in one big pile which was in turn picked up by the local municipality for further disposal. However, at one General Body Meeting of the complex, it was decided by all the residents to go in for segregation of organic waste and composting of the same.

The collection of waste from all the flats in the complex has been outsourced to a professional agency. Every household segregates their waste into dry and wet waste and places it outside their main door. This is then collected by the housekeeping staff. The wet waste is then put into a composting unit at the back of the complex and earthworms are added to it in order to generate manure. This manure is then used in the gardens of the complex. The excess manure is handed over to local horticulture unit for a price. The revenue generated, is added to the funds of the Complex.

Fig.-Wet Waste                                        Fig.-Dry Waste


Fig.-Composting Unit in the Complex.


Fig.- Composting Unit in the Complex.


Thus this system helps in optimally utilizing the waste and in generating some revenue too. This process has come a long way since its inception a decade ago.

As long as the wet waste keeps getting generated, this process will continue to operate, unless the residents decide to opt for some other alternative.



Every morning the Paowala (local baker) visits my colony and supplies bread to all the residents. Usually the households on the first and the second floor hang a bag outside their main door along with cash. Based on the amount of cash, he deposits the apt number of bread loaves in the bag. However, some residents, especially the ones living on the the third and the fourth floor follow a different routine.

On reaching our building, the Paowala honks and proceeds to deposit the bread loaves  for the residents of the first and the second floor. In the meantime, considering the sound of the horn, we slide a bag down from the balcony along with some cash. The Paowala, collects the cash and depending on the amount of money in the bag, deposits the fresh bread in it and gives it a tug. Thus neither do we have to go down, nor does the Paowala need to come all the way up, thus saving us both time and energy. This system has been well established since the last 4 years and it seems to have a sustainable future. If the current Paowala decides to discontinue delivering bread, the one who follows him can be easily trained to follow this system, thus making it a sustainable one.


A couple of months ago, all the old newspapers from our house would be collected and sold to the local Raddiwala for a nominal price. However, recently, my maid requested my mother to permit her to collect all the old newspapers, since she was running a small part time business of making paper bags and selling them to local shops in the city (especially pharmacies). Whilst this system automatically helps us get rid of our waste, it provides my maid with some additional income.






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