In its 12th year of implementation, the nirmalya collection and recycling project is planned and implemented by Rodas green team at Powai making it a successful community project year after year. Here students from schools and colleges are given hands-on training in composting them. The Meluha ecotel ALMs of Powai also hopes to generate more than 100 Kgs of manure from the collected nirmalya.
Calling out for united efforts on part of citizens and the BMC is Elsie Gabriel founder Young Environmentalists, “We need the youth to get a first hand experience of working on segregation and waste managment. The lake ghat is not easy to clean as it is cemented and not a sandy beach. One of the biggest outputs of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the tonnes of 'nirmalya', the offerrings collected during the immersion. All 300 students will make an environment project report on the topic of Segragation at source for post festive waste and vermicomposting items like flower garlands, fruits, coconuts, spices, honey and camphor. While most of the offerings themselves are made of natural items, they come wrapped in plastic bags, plastic boxes or glass bottles. We need all devotees to learn about segregation before immersion.Next year we will have an artificial tank at Powai for immersion.”
'Segragation of waste post religious festivals" will be the topic of project for these students who will join the teams for their EVS academic projects thus engaging in life sciences.Thereafter students were given a vermiculture demo and rodas ecotel vermicompost team showed them the pits.