Municipal SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

The Municipal Solid Waste Management Initiative of Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services (HHIDS) is an end-to-end intervention wherein all the municipal solid wastes generated across urban and rural areas are collected and processed in order to maximize waste recovery. Waste collected is ‘recovered’ through composting, recycling and reuse, ensuring that there is minimal waste added to landfills, thereby averting health hazards as well as environmental damage.

This intervention by HHIDS uses a unique combination of awareness creation among each and every household, motivating ‘source segregation’ i.e. segregating waste at household level. This is the core concept which facilitates further processing of the waste collected depending on type, for e.g. recyclable wastes recycled and organic waste is composted. Stakeholder participation and collaboration is the backbone of our work that ensures sustained impact that lasts much beyond the project period.

Since 2007, The project has been successfully implemented in partnership with urban and rural local bodies, institutions and private entities across five states of India.

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Cantonment Board – St. Thomas Mount cum Pallavaram,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

The Cantonment Board (St. Thomas Mount cum Pallavaram) project, launched in 2009 is today, covering the entire Cantonment Area, providing waste management services to atleast 14,500 households daily. The average waste generation per day is around 10 tons, achieving a noteworthy 53% waste diversion from landfill.

Under this project, several school campuses have also been transformed into a ‘Zero Waste Campus’, both at Pallavaram and St.Thomas Mount Area , including setting up of biogas plants to convert energy from waste and to use the same as cooking fuel.

Mitsubishi Elevators have supported funding of another biogas plant at Cantonment Park which converts food waste into electricity, lighting up 96 lamps in the park. We have also installed a biogas plant at the Officers Training Academy , Cantonment Board to convert the organic waste to cooking fuel to utilize at their canteen . The project provides 1/3rd of the daily cooking fuel requirement i.e. 40 kg LPG equivalent biogas is generated per day under the project, meeting 1/3rd of the cooking fuel needs for providing three meals to 2000 residents in the campus daily.

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Karaikal Municipality, Puducherry Union Territory

The ‘Recycle for Life’ model by Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services HHIDS implemented successfully at Mamallapuram has become a model, an appealing prototype for effective waste segregation at community level. A visit by the Director of Local Administration, Puducherry and his team to the Mamallapuram project resulted in the birth of the Karaikal, Puducherry Project. Impressed by the Mamallapuram project concept and implementation, The District Collector, Municipal Commissioner and local administration officials of Karaikal Municipality expressed their wish to replicate the successful model in their city. After deliberation by concerned officials and completion of the formalities and processes, the project was handed over to HHIDS.

Successfully implemented since November 2016, this project covers the entire municipality – wastes from a total of 24,946 households , business enterprises , public places, educational institutions and government entities are handled on a daily basis. 40 tons of waste is collected regularly and systematically on a daily basis, involving the complete cooperation of the community, an achievement indeed! The residents collectively echo that HHIDS’ involvement in managing waste is the best thing that has happened to Karaikal in the recent past.

M/s. Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd. has also sponsored 20 dustbins (two-bin system to collect wet waste and dry waste) in crowded places within the municipality. The cumulative hard work has started to reap its rewards as the source segregation of waste in the region has significantly improved from 0% during commencement of the project to 35% at present.

HHIDS is also known for engaging, interactive large-scale awareness campaigns on health, hygiene and sanitation, addressing key concerns such as open defecation and dengue prevention.

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Mamallapuram Special Grade Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

HHIDS initiated its Municipal Solid Waste Management project at Mamallapuram town, a world heritage UNESCO site, near Chennai, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in January 2008, serving over 5000 households and small business entities in the town. An average of around 5.5 MT of waste is collected daily, where 80% of the waste is processed and prevented from reaching landfill . Bio-degradable waste is converted into organic manure in a compost park set up exclusively for the purpose. Recyclable wastes are segregated and sent to respective recycling firms.

‘Recycle for Life’ – Mamallapuram

Lack of source segregation remains a challenge for Municipal solid waste management across communities in India. To overcome the issue and establish segregation at source, a new initiative ‘Recycle for Life’ has been implemented in the town since December 2014. Subsequently, the project has achieved 80% source segregation among target households and 84% diversion of waste from reaching the landfill. The achieved outcome is due to constant advocacy and active participation of targeted households which re-emphasizes the importance of source segregation for an effective Municipal Solid Waste Management.

Bio gas plant:Hand in Hand India, in association with Mamallapuram Town Panchayat has installed a 100 cu m bio gas plant, with a capacity to handle 500 kilograms of food waste, to efficiently manage food waste generated by the hotels in Mamallapuram. Later, a 60 cu m bio gas plant was installed to treat the meat waste generated in the town .

The food and meat wastes are converted into methane , which is used for power generation through a 15 kVA/12 kW bio gas generator. The electricity generated is used to electrify street lights along East Coast Road, near Mamallapuram. This is a process that leaves behind zero-waste, wherein gas generated is utilized for electricity and the leach ate that is a by-product, is used as a natural fertilizer!

The project has largely benefited the environment, the local community and enthusiastic tourists who pour in from all over the world to this historic town.

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Rameswaram Municipality, Ramanathapuram District,
Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram town, a Grade II Municipality in Ramanathapuram district carries tremendous significance as one of the most holy shrines in India, attracting a large floating population of an average of at least 50,000 people daily. This influx, alongside local populace, causes heavy stress on the local environment, especially with respect to solid waste.

Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services (HHIDS), launched the “Recycle for Life” project in Rameswaram town in February 2014 covering 10 wards, catering to around 5000 households. Around 4 tons of waste is handled everyday thanks to our 45 ‘Green Friends’, achieving 60% source segregation.

Various awareness and training programs such as mass rallies, clean-up campaigns, door-to-door campaigns, auto campaigns, presentations at academic institutions, exposure visits, street plays, puppet shows, etc., are conducted continually to educate people of all ages, from young school children to adults, on waste management.

A massive Rangoli competition was organized in June 2016 as part of ‘World Environment Day’ celebrations to generate environmental awareness. Such innovative events that engage the public create a lasting impression on their minds.

Witnessing the success of the project, ONGC who has supported our MSWM project in 4 wards, has extended their support for Thangachimadam Village Panchayat covering 6700 households, a recent addition to the Rameswaram Project in March 2018.

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Sriperumbudur Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District,
Tamil Nadu

Since 2014, HHIDS has implemented the MSWM project covering entire 7000 households in Sriperumbudur town panchayat in Kancheepuram District, known for being the birthplace of Sri Ramanujar, one of the most prominent Hindu theologians.

With an achievement of 30 % source segregation and about 68% of the waste getting diverted from reaching landfills, HHIDS has established an RRP – Resource Recovery Park here as a long-term approach, considering the increasing prominence of the area as a commercial destination /future satellite town. Spread over 10 acres, the largest in the state of Tamil Nadu, this RRP has the capacity to process upto 25 tons of waste per day.

As an eco-friendly initiative, an electric vehicle has been launched for waste collection in Sriperumbudur town. The vehicle with two Green Friends and a Motivator covers 400 households surrounding the Ramanujar temple. This fossil fuel free approach to collect wastes has impressed the locals and the officials of the town!

Parallel to the ’Recycle for Life’ project, Hand in Hand Sweden, Hand in Hand India along with a local Community-Based Organization – Friends Affiliation for Social Service (FASS) – established a tripartite partnership in January 2016 to execute Forum Syd’s Right(s) Way Forward (RWF) project in the town. Forum Syd – a Swedish based development organization works on community development projects. The project is based on Right(s) Way Forward tool – that emphasizes on gender and rights based approach in a project development and execution. The project focuses on restoration of water bodies, single-use plastic free town, source segregation of waste, and eradication of ‘Prosopis Juliflora’.

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Acharapakkam Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Acharapakkam town, located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu has established a proper system for waste management with community participation. A biogas plant capable of handling 5 kg food waste per day has been installed, used for cooking food and ‘Green Friends’ also involve in training students in ‘waste to energy’. An herbal garden is established in the terrace of the Panchayat office. The manure from the waste is used for the plants and the containers used are sourced from waste. Waste diversion from landfill in the town stands exceptionally at 71%.

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Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Gujarat

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has invited HHIDS to implement a Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) project in 1000 households in areas of Praveen Nagar and Gupta Nagar near Changodar, within the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The project is funded by PPG Asian Paints Pvt. Ltd through its CSR activities. The project, initiated in September 2018, imparts KAP (Knowledge, Attitude and Practice) regarding municipal solid waste management among target group through intensive innovative campaigns. Through the campaigns the project aims to achieve 50 percent waste segregation at source within a period of one year.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Hyderabad - Telangana

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) is Government of India’s engineering and manufacturing company. Launched in 1964, it is the country’s most prominent Heavy Electrical Equipment Company. BHEL Hyderabad leads in Research & Development (R&D) of the heavy electricals production. HHIDS is undertaking the Municipal Solid Waste Management (non-industrial and non-hazardous) project in the campus since January 2018. The project incorporates waste collection, segregation of recyclable waste, campus cleaning, and incidental waste management activities like garden up keeping. The campus generates about 2000 kg of waste every day.

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Chitlapakkam Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Chitlapakkam town panchayat is located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. In the town, the MSWM project was launched in 2008. The town hosts around 10037 households. Average waste generation per day is around 9 tons and waste diversion from landfill stands at 67%.

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Dewas Municipal Corporation, Madhya Pradesh

HHIDS is implementing its Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) project in Dewas Municipal Corporation in the state of Madhya Pradesh since September 2018.  The project involves performing awareness campaigns for 25000 households with a population of 145,000 regarding municipal solid waste management. Through intensive innovative campaigns the project aims to bring a positive change in the attitude of the community towards handling their wastes.

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Educational Institutions – SRM University, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

SRM University is a deemed university located in the suburbs of Chennai. The University was founded in 1985 and is now educating around 35000 students from across the country. To establish a green campus and inculcate environmental awareness among students, the university’s administration invited Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services to implement MSWM project in the campus.

The MSWM team effectively handles around 800 kg of waste every day in the campus. Launched in 2011, the project has now achieved 84% waste diversion from landfill.

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Jamul Municipality, Durg District, Chhattisgarh

JamulMunicipality is located in the Durg District in the State of Chhattisgarh.  It has an area of 16 sq. km with a population of 25,878 living in 5641 households. The population generates approximately 7 metric tons of waste per day. Along with the Nagar PalikaParishad-Jamul, ACC Limited (ACC Trust) has established a tripartite agreement with HHIDS to implement the MSWM project in the Municipality. The MSWM project has been launched in Jamul Municipality on 1st August 2018. Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services (HHIDS) is implementing  ‘Recycle for Life’ model, a unique municipal solid waste management system that emphasizes on segregation of waste at source i.e. households.

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Karunguzhi Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Karunguzhi is a town located in the Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu. The town hosts 3074 households, which generates an average waste of 3 tons per day. The MSWM project was initiated by HHIDS in April 2018.

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Keeranur Town Panchayat, Pudukkottai District, Tamil Nadu

Keeranur is a town located in the Pudukkottai District of Tamil Nadu. The town hosts 3810 households, which generates an average waste of 1.6 tons per day. The MSWM project was initiated by HHIDS in May 2018.

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Kottakuppam Town Panchayat, Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu

Kottakuppam town panchayat is located in the Viluppuram district of Tamil Nadu. The town hosts 7500 households and generates about 4.5 tons /day. The MSWM project was started in 2017, and has achieved 47% waste diversion from landfill.

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Kundrathur Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Kundrathur Town, located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, was the first town panchayat to be covered under the MSWM project in 2007. Famous for its Lord Murugan temple, this town hosts about 8500 households, generating around 4 -5 tons of waste every day. Waste diversion from landfill stands at 69%.

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Madambakkam Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Madambakkam town is located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. The MSWM project was launched here in 2011. The town hosts around 9000 households. Average waste generation per day is around 4 tons and waste diversion from landfill stands at 65%.

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Mangadu Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Mangadu Town Panchayat, located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, hosts around 10,000 households. The MSWM project was launched here in 2011. Average waste generation per day is around 4 tons. Waste diversion from landfill stands at 55%.

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Mitsubishi Elevator CSR Project

Two-Bin system in Karaikal Municipality:

During the month of June 2017, M/s. Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd, under their CSR project, funded the installation of twenty model dustbins in Karaikal Municipality. Out of the 20 dustbins, seven are installed along the beach, four in bus stands, two in educational institutions, and the remaining seven in commercial areas. The installed bins are inscribed with a concise message about the significance of segregation, and listed with materials that are organic and recyclable. All the waste generated is taken to the Resource Recovery Park daily and segregated. Around 10 kgs of waste per bin is collected every day, out of which 8 kgs are recyclable and 2 kgs are organic.

Biogas units:

A 25 cu m biogas plant was set up at the Pallavaram Government High School campus to process and put to use 150 kg of food waste generated per day from the school and surrounding eateries. M/s.Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd, under their Corporate Social Responsibility, funded this initiative to convert waste to energy. Launched in September 2016, the biogas thus generated is used in the school kitchen and is sufficient to cook a meal for 500 students every day. The biogas meets 2/3 rd of the daily LPG requirement of the school, which is equivalent to 10 kg LPG, and the leachate from the unit is used as a natural fertilizer for the school garden and for on-site composting of garden waste.

Followed by the success of the biogas plant at Pallavaram Government High School, M/s. Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd funded another energy recovery initiative, a 100 cu m biogas plant at the Pallavaram Cantonment Park, inaugurated in February 2018. The edible remains of about 500 – 600 kg from the nearby hotels are fed in to the biogas plant, resulting in bio-energy (40 kgs LPG equivalent) which is in turn converted into electrical energy to illuminate 96 lights in the cantonment park daily!

Sapling planting in Madambakkam:

M/s. Mitsubishi Elevator India Pvt. Ltd contributed 550 tree guards to protect the newly planted saplings as part of an initiative to increase the green cover in the Madambakkam Town Panchayat. The planting drive was inaugurated in December, 2017, wherein, local volunteers and residents actively participated and appreciated the drive.

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Mudichur Village Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Launched in 2007, HHIDS’ history started here in Mudichur village by establishing its first ever MSWM project here. The project boasts of a tripartite partnership involving the village panchayat, local community and HHIDS. This is the only Village Panchayat in Tamil Nadu to have a well-designed and spacious MSWM facility.

For its excellence in MSWM, the project has received the prestigious Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award – 2008 from Govt. of India and ‘Clean Village’ Award – 2012 from Govt. of Tamil Nadu. The project has ensured financial sustainability through ‘Community Safe Drinking Water Project’, by installing a 4000 LPH RO water unit to cater to the drinking water needs of the village.

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Nandivaram- Guduvancheri Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Nandivaram-Guduvancheri, an active town near Chennai, comes under the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. The MSWM project was launched in the town in 2013. The town hosts around 12500 households. Average waste generation per day is around 9 tons and waste diversion from landfill stands at 79%.

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Perungalathur Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Perungalathur town, on the outskirts of Chennai, is a part of Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu. The MSWM project was launched here in 2012. The town hosts around 10000 households. Average waste generation per day is around 10 tons and waste diversion from landfill stands at 69%.

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Polur Town Panchayat, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamil Nadu

Polur is a town located in the Tiruvannamalai District of Tamil Nadu. The town hosts 5750 households, which generates an average waste of 3.5 tons per day. The MSWM project was initiated by HHIDS in May 2018.

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Sricity Business City – Andhra Pradesh

Sricity, a world-class Integrated Business City situated in the State of Andhra Pradesh, is home to over 175 companies from 27 countries.To manage the municipal solid wastes generated within the city, Sricityhas come in association with Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services. The MSWM project was started in October 2014 in Sricity.

Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services has undertaken the collection of segregated waste from Companies/Institutions and other facilities situated at Sri City Campus, and handles 4 – 4.5 of tons of waste every day generated in the city.

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Thangachimadam Village Panchayat – Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu

Witnessing the success of the MSWM project in Rameswaram Municipality, ONGC who has supported our MSWM project in 4 wards in the Municipality, has extended their support for implementing the MSWM project inThangachimadam Village Panchayat covering 6700 households, a recent addition to the HHIDS projects in March 2018.

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Uthiramerur Town Panchayat, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Uthiramerur, historically famous for the presence of electoral system more than 1000 years ago, is located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. The MSWM project was launched here in 2013. The town hosts around 4000 households. Average waste generation per day is around 4.5 tons and waste diversion from landfill stands at 63%.

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ACC Cements Partnership – Clean and Green Madukkarai, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu

In Madukkarai Town Panchayat, the Municipal Solid Waste Management was implemented in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model – i.e. partnership between the Madukkarai Town Panchayat, ACC Madukkarai Cement Works and Hand In Hand India/SEED Trust. With the support of ACC and the Town Panchayat, Hand in Hand India developed and implemented “Clean & Green Madukkarai” from scratch, successfully made it sustainable in just three years’ time and handed it over to ACC. Developing a green belt, making the panchayat a ‘plastic-free panchayat’ were some of the goals.

This public-private partnership has impacted the lives of 35,000 people of Madukkarai Panchayat through its Municipal Solid Waste Management initiative.

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Eicher CSR project, Tiruvottiyur, Greater Chennai Corporation, Tamil Nadu

Since December 2016, In Tiruvottiyur, (Chennai Corporation), ‘Recycle for Life’ project is implemented in 1000 households as a pilot initiative. The project is funded by Eicher Motors through their CSR operations. A 100 cu m biogas unit and a 2000 LPH Reverse Osmosis unit have also been installed in the locality to cater to the local community. Electricity produced from the biogas is utilized to light 40 street lights in the locality.

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FICCI CSR project – Bharuch District, Gujarat

HHIDS’s ‘Recycle for life’ model that was successfully implemented originally at Mamallapuram Town Panchayat, was later effectively adopted by Rameswaram Municipality and has now been effectively replicated in Talodra and Dadheda villages, Gujarat.

Talodra and Dadheda – two tiny, thriving villages located in the Bharuch district of Gujarat, hosting about 1000 households, have proudly embraced this strategy to improve their agricultural practices and to establish a plastic-free environment. The Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) through their CSR fund, via Socio-Economic Development Foundation of India (SEDF), supported this initiative.

At present, Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services handles around 800 to 1000 kilograms of municipal solid waste generated by the villages every day, Source segregation, awareness generation, community participation and stakeholder collaboration, as with all other projects, underlies this initiative as well, ensuring success and sustainability.

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MSWM Projects at Thoraipakkam & Semmencherry Slum Clearance Board settlements, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

SEED Trust, a sister concern of our parent organization, Hand in Hand India, had implemented Municipal Solid Waste Management project at Kannagi Nagar, Thoraipakkam from 2009 till 2012. The project covered 15656 households by putting in effective systems to handle around 6.2 tons waste generated in the area. During the project phase, a Resource Recovery Park with facilities for bio-composting, vermi-composting and recycle storage was built to handle and process the collected waste from the tenements.

The Asian Development Bank-funded MSWM Project at Semmencherry was implemented under the Livelihood Support Program (LSP). SEED Trust provided technical guidance and support from April 2008 to May 2010 to Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. Infrastructure for handling and processing the collected waste was built during this phase. Later, the project was awarded to SEED Trust for MSWM implementation in the 6764 tenements at Semmencherry from June 2010 to May 2013.

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Tambaram Municipality, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

Tambaram Municipality in partnership with Hand in Hand India / SEED Trust carried out the decentralized MSWM project at Ward No. 32 of Tambaram. The project was started to self-sufficiently handle municipal solid waste generated in the area on a daily basis. The project started on January 2008, initially with 3240 households (including shops). On an average 2.5 metric tons of waste was collected daily and of which nearly 40 % of the waste got diverted from being dumped in the landfill. 32 Green Friends were employed under the project. The project was implemented from 2008 till 2013.