Sampurn(e)arth provides context-based decentralized solid waste management solutions which are environmentally friendly, profitable and actively engage waste-pickers. The goal is to break the current non-cyclic process of waste management (involving extraction, production, consumption and dumping or landfilling of natural resources) resulting in greenhouse gas emissions, ground water pollution and natural resource limitation.
Envisioning a world where waste is transformed into utilizable resources without exploitation of people or the planet, Sampurn(e)arth endeavours to transform the non-cyclic waste-management process into a cyclic process through a decentralized waste management system. Apart from appropriate processing and recycling, a decentralized system saves considerable transportation costs and eliminates the related emissions. Our interventions include:
a. Waste audit
b. Designing customized Waste Management System
c. Implementing a cyclic Waste Management system
d. Operation and maintenance of the system
e. Enhancing environmental awareness.
To provide alternate livelihood for the waste-pickers, trained waste-pickers are engaged and associated with Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS), a reputed NGO in Mumbai. To address numerous challenges of waste-pickers and to enable them to be part of formal waste management services, they have been organized into waste-picker SHGs, co-operatives and a federation of 1500 women waste pickers named Parisar Bhagini Vikas Sangh (PBVS).
An end-to-end decentralized waste management solution saves considerable transportation costs and eliminates the related emissions. Sampurn(e)arth provides solutions for both biodegradable (food waste, horticulture waste) and non-biodegradable waste. Biogas Plants (based on the Nisargruna technology developed at BARC)/composting is used for biodegradable waste while the non-bio-degradable waste is channelized to recycling units leaving only a minute percentage of waste going to the dumping grounds and creating virtually zero-waste. Segregation of waste at end-points are incentivised and recycled and eco-friendly products like notepads, envelopes, etc. are supplied against part of the worth of the collected dry waste.
Almost all the waste that lands in the dump, is salvaged.
There is an upward mobility of waste-pickers as waste-managers. Also, one of the outcomes is to bring an ideological shift in viewing waste as a resource.
Generation of biogas and compost involving upcycling, adds value/worth to the otherwise discarded waste.