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Waste Management


Green Initiatives Human Welfare


To create a model solid waste management system at a rural level which can be effectively replicated.

Why did we do it?

A vast number of villages in India do not have a public solid waste management system and fail to combat the influx of plastic in our lives. Most of the waste is either left in open spaces or set on fire contributing to land and air pollution. The plastic litter also poses a health hazard for stray animals who consume the plastic while scavenging for food.

What did we do?

Nanapondha is a village in Valsad district that connects Killa Pardi and Kaprada. Due to its strategic location, it serves as a major vegetable and fruit wholesale market. Nanapondha connects Maharshtra to South Gujrat bringing in significant number of daily traders. As the market grows in an unplanned fashion the amount of dry and wet waste has multiplied without any appropriate disposal system. Sparsh in partnership with Atul Foundation and the Nanapondha gram panchayat has initiated a waste management program. We are creating awareness for waste segregation and collecting the waste from the main market. This waste is then segregated and sent for recycling (plastic, cardboard, aluminium, paper) or added to the compost pit. (fruit and vegetable waste)


The amount from selling the recycled materials and the compost fertiliser is utilised towards recovering partial cost of the project thus reducing the operating cost of the project for the implementation partners. As the general population gets more aware of the benefits of composting and limiting use of plastic, we hope to replicate this model in other villages we work in.