Mumbai: Raheja Atlantis, the 32-storeyed high rise building situated at Lower Parel has adopted the waste composting initiative since July after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) warned bulk waste generators that it would not collect waste from those who produce 100 kilograms and above of garbage. This small initiative of waste management has helped the Atlantis residents to produce manure for their deck garden which is spread across 48,000 square feet area on their rooftop.
Sujata Sridhar, one of the resident of Raheja Atlantis stated that the building has three parking floors which can accommodate 400 vehicles at a time. She said, “Earlier, we used to purchase 50 kg of compost for our garden but now in one month itself we have generated 100 kg of organic manure. The operational cost is just Rs 18,000 every month, including the money paid to the workers.”
She further stated that earlier it was a difficult task to convince the residents of the building as they feel it was the responsibility of BMC alone. Also, they were worried about the smell which would come. But after several talks and meetings held by the society management they finally got convinced. She said, “We have purchased an Organic Waste Composter (OWC) and a crusher machine to compost the wet waste.”