“My Waste My Responsibility”, is the mantra for No Dumping, a non-profit organisation that aims at having cities without dumpsites. The organisation has been working in the field of waste management since January 2016. From waste collection to segregation to processing and safe disposal of waste, the NGO not only handles waste efficiently, but it is also making weddings and parties go waste free.
Started by three youngsters, Suresh Bhandari, Saranraj and Prashanth, the group has now 15 active members and volunteers who support them in events and in spreading the message of waste management.
The focus is to not burden the landfills with unsegregated, non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste. To achieve their objective of no dumping, the organisation is helping individuals, organisations, and institutions in segregating and managing the waste.
We started with waste management in 2014. We tried out many ideas and models, but all vent in vain and we failed. It is in 2016 when we successfully initiated No Dumping at Coimbatore airport. The core idea behind this initiative is “cities without dumpsites”. We are working to reduce waste that reaches landfills which indirectly saves resources and saves environment, says Saranraj, co-founder of No Dumping.
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How Does ‘No Dumping’ Work?
Waste is collected from different locations including apartments, associations, and airport. The waste which is collected by the team is already segregated into three broad categories, organic waste, inorganic waste and sanitary waste. The waste segregation is done by the waste generators only. While organic waste is sent for composting, inorganic waste is again separated to recyclable and non-recyclable waste. Recyclable waste goes for recycling and non-recyclable finds use as Alternative Fuel Resource (AFR).
AFR will be carried out as co-processing in plant where they shred the waste into bits and pieces and then use as raw material for furnaces. This process actually eliminates the use of fossil fuels and coal usage in cement and steel plants and also in power generation. This same process is carried out in waste to energy process plants, says Saranraj explaining the process.