Pune: Mahindra Royal Housing Cooperative Society in Pimpri, in collaboration with ProEarth, has embarked on a unique initiative focusing on organic waste collection and the utilization of solar panels.
Sanjay Pagare, Chairman of Mahindra Royal Housing Cooperative Society Pimpri, emphasized, “Our primary objective is energy conservation. This remarkable initiative was launched four and a half years ago. Since then, we have been converting waste into compost for utilization within our society. In addition, we have installed our third solar power plant, leading to a reduction of almost 90% in our electricity bills. Previously, we received bills ranging from INR 62,000 to 75,000 per month, which have now decreased to a mere INR 6,000 to 7,000.”
Anil Gokarn, Founder of ProEarth, stated, “Working in partnership with Mahindra Royal Housing Cooperative Society, Pimpri, we have been composting their organic waste, which constitutes the largest fraction of generated waste. The project was inaugurated on January 1, 2019, by the then Municipal Commissioner, Shravan Hardikar. Over the past four and a half years, we have processed their waste, with the society compensating us for our services and receiving compost derived from their organic waste, which is then utilized in their gardens. Through this initiative, we aim to divert waste from landfills in the city.”
The society comprises 12 buildings with a total of 480 houses. Since the inception of the initiative, approximately 350 kilograms of organic waste has been collected from each household, amounting to a total of 7,000 tonnes of processed organic waste.