We are creating
an Integrated Waste-to-resources ECosystem
for the auroville's Bioregion
The Waste Crisis has No Borders
Over the years, waste management initiatives, which mostly focus on “out of sight, out of mind” strategy, have faced repeated failure due to lack of expertise, inadequate funding and utilisation of ineffective, highly polluting and cosmetic solutions like landfills and incinerators.
This absence is leading to the following problems in the bioregion of Auroville:
- Waste dumping in nature and public spaces
- Open-air waste burning causing air toxicity
- Water logging due to waste obstructing drainage
- Toxic leachates causing water and soil pollution leading to drinking water and food contamination
- Public Health Hazards
- Endangered Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems like wetlands, coasts and freshwater bodies in close proximity
- Climate change implications
Currently, Auroville has a well functioning waste management system. However, the bioregion has no proper and functioning waste management system. No bins are provided to the villages, no sustainable pick up system, no proper waste processing nor proper landfilling.
Our goal is to set up an easily replicable Integrated Solid Waste Management system (ISWM) based on zero waste principles. The outcome is a zero-landfill solution achievable through the use of innovative technologies for the bio region around Auroville including 50,000 people, 14 villages and 6 Panchayats.
ISWM refers a sustainable way of managing solid waste like metal, plastic, cardboard… It covers all sources and all aspects: waste generation, segregation, transfer, sorting, treatment, recovery and disposal, with an emphasis on maximizing resource use efficiency.
On the other hand, zero waste means no resource will go waste. Utterly, it means our system will have no landfill but only several Indian technologies processing waste back into a resource.