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[kick the buddy online]‘Buddies’ to help houses in south Delhi get started with composting

  NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation has started an initiative called ‘buddy composter’ to reduce kitchen waste and segregate garbage at source. The project has been started in association with ITC’s Well-being Out of Waste (WOW) initiative.

  SDMC has started the project in 10 neighbourhoods. People who have already been composting for a long time and are ready to help their neighbours take the plunge into the world of composting will be called buddies. The buddies will spread the importance of composting of organic wet waste from households at source and thereby reducing the waste that reaches landfills.

  “Each colony is required to select their buddy for coordination with residents and SDMC. The buddy, who is well informed about composting, will clear any doubts,” said an SDMC official. “After explaining the process to residents through online training in selected colonies, the corporation will provide 10 sample composting kits for free to each colony. The initiative has been taken by deputy commissioner, south zone Sonal Swaroop in collaboration with ITC WOW as a technical partner.”

  The compost kit contains two bins, coco peat and microbial solution. The staff will also review results after some time.

  SDMC claimed to have completed the first phase of the programme by conducting online introductory sessions in 10 colonies. Under the second phase, the project was kick started at six colonies including Neeti Bagh, Anand Niketan, GK-2, Saket, Neeti Bagh and Chittaranjan Park.

  “Initially, 100 households have started doing composting at home and eventually half a dozen residents start joining the initiative every day in these colonies. To get more support, we are even organising awareness campaigns for participation from most households through online sessions on how to do home composting using kits during the lockdown period,” said SDMC official.