City Pulse


June 10, 2014 By Team ICMYC
All these years, the civic authority responsible for solid waste management merely dumped waste from one end to another instead of making the ‘best of waste’. Taking a peek into an pragmatic perspective of how to manage one’s own trash, Meera Rajesh, an IT professional or rather a concerned citizen sees the beauty of waste.
Journey of Meera Rajesh
Meera is just like any other citizen living in the city. She started her career as an engineer. While trying to keep up with the city’s current affairs, Meera came across a news clipping that spoke about the sorry state of Mavallipura land fill and the garbage chaos in Bangalore. It evoked a sense of responsibility towards her dear city that initiated her first move towards managing waste at an individual level. From what started off at her home back in 2006, she has now managed to motivate her entire locality to foresee a cleaner and better place to live in.
Meera bears the role of a harbinger of change with her pursuit of finding a concrete solution to garbage management. She is an active campaigner of solid waste management in the city and her own locality is a testimony to her work and the message she spreads. ‘Manage your waste’ being her motto; she has now managed to set up a zero-waste segregation unit next to her locality.
“People need to focus on the solution rather than the problem. When I started segregating waste at my house, I came to know of how useful waste is. I realised that I have been dumping all my waste into others’ bags” says Meera recollecting her initial days of her initiative.
What inspired Meera to start off this initiative was her encounter with an interesting person called Vellore Srinivasan. After meeting him, she learnt the art of waste management and decided to incorporate the same in her vicinity. In all her endeavours she met interesting people who imparted knowledge in organising waste and making the best of it. One of the interesting facts she learnt was using egg shells to nurture plants as they are a good source of calcium.  Cow’s urine, along with ten other easily available ingredients can be used to compost kitchen waste that can later be used as nutrition for plants. Meera suggests such similar ideas to make the best of waste, ease garbage management and eventually to bring change.
The Zero Waste management Centre established right beside her community is a collective effort as seen today. With good human resource management and word of mouth, Meera has managed to generate organic compost out of waste from 220 apartment flats. Rather than taking the credit, she says she has been an anchor to guide people. Collective effort can do wonders without which nothing could have been possible for Meera. “It’s all around you, make use of it and bring the best” are Meera’s words to people. REFUSE, REDUCE AND RECYLE all the waste around you is her maxim to call for a greener and livable Bangalore.