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Waste Collection & Reuse Campaign

Waste Collection & Reuse Campaign


1.    What is Want Not Waste Not?


Want Not Waste Not is a waste collection, segregation and responsible disposal campaign of domestic solid waste on office campus through employee participation. It aims to demonstrate waste management at family, neighborhood and organizational levels with due consideration to social, environmental and financial improvement. The Campaign is to be conducted through participation of office teams involved in logistics, administration, communication, environmental, purchase & procurement and CSR activities.


2.    Why Waste Segregation?


Waste collection and segregation at source is the first step in efficient Solid Waste Management (SWM). It ensures better hygiene during subsequent waste handling, great saving of time during waste sorting, better space management during its storage and avoids wastage of raw material due to mixed garbage during recycling. Considering importance of waste segregation, most Municipal Corporations have mandated segregation of waste at source (for ex: Greater Mumbai Cleanliness and Sanitation Byelaws 2006 by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai). Because of low awareness, space constraints, low law enforcement, often waste segregation is not followed by organizations and residential areas. However, waste collection, segregation and disposal can be planned through advice of experts.  This Campaign is to sensitize employees about the above issues.

3.     Which are Categories for Waste Segregation?

From reuse and recycling perspective the waste can be segregated and collected into following categories:

Reusable Stuff: clothes, toys, medicines within expiry date, electronic equipment in working conditions, crockery etc

Recyclable Dry Waste: plastic bags, bottles  and cans, metal tins, paper of various types (newspaper, packing, magazines, printed, old notebooks and diaries etc.),metal scrap

Electronic Waste: old mobiles, computers and their spare parts, CDs and DVDs, pen drives, electronic circuits etc.

Biomedical Waste: Sanitary napkins, medicine bottles, ointment tibes, blood soaked cotton, bandages etc.

  Hazaradous Waste: Empty paint tins, disinfectant bottles, batteries etc.

Biodegradable Waste: Cuttings of vegetable, fruit peels, left over food, garden waste etc.

4.     Methodology of ‘Want Not Waste Not’

The campaign can be conducted through following steps. Please modify the steps as per local specific conditions of your organization.

A)    Evaluate Scope: Check number of employees  and identify temporary waste collection spots on the campus. Remember, the waste is to be segregated and sorted in pre-identified categories; hence ensure space for each category (categories mentioned subsequently).

B)    Quantify Waste: Depending on available space to store and expected number of participating employees, decide maximum quantity of waste each participant can bring from home. Total waste of each category must be adequate enough to invite waste re-users and recyclers for collection from your campus.

C)    Understand Storage Process: With the help of subject experts, understand and strictly follow processes and precaution to handle, store and transport waste.

D)    Identify Partner Agencies: Enlist authorized waste management agencies that can collect the waste and reuse and recycle further. Use ‘Resource Partners Directory’ provided by CERE. You may contact municipal ward office of area of jurisdiction of your office as every municipal ward office maintains list of authorized waste collection and recycling agencies. Discuss quantity of waste, collection timeline and locations and financial terms with few agencies to finalize compatible agencies. Do mention that some employees may visit the waste processing unit of these agencies with prior permission and that should be permitted.

E)    Arrange Logistics: Organize waste storage bins/cartons at pre-identified locations. Organize support staff to monitor and move the bins when full. Organize waste transportation in consultation with the selected waste management partner agencies.

F)    Involve Departments: Ensure cooperation of concerned departments like Security, Communication, Administration, Finance, CSR, HR and employee associations if any for success of the campaign. Discuss and evolve specific role for each one to avoid confusion later.

G)    Reach Out: Ensure good publicity of the Campaign for participation of employees and adequate quantity of waste. Use all types of media to cover all departments and locations. Use sign-ages to inform employees on categories of waste and respective collection points. Use intranet and email to reach to employees. For those with no access to computers, use notice boards.

H)    Sensitize Employees: Use the opportunity to communicate types of waste, importance of waste segregation, concerned laws and successful case studies with employees using all media. Send e-posters to employees on these issues. You can invite subject experts for presentations,  organize interesting contests and screenings of films-documentaries etc.

I)      Do It: Conduct the campaign on identified day. Monitor it with GCs team. Facilitate waste collection and storage. Help employees in categorization. Ensure final collection and transportation from the campus by the selected waste management agencies by late evening or night. This will ensure clean campus next day and avoid any inconvenience.


5.     Beyond Want Not Waste Not

You may want to encourage employees to encourage similar Campaign in their neighborhood. Share the Campaign methodology with interested colleagues.  After the Campaign, prepare a crisp report with images and send it to all employees. Share contact details of the waste management service providers so that employees can use the information when needed. 

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