In the wake of a call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch ‘clean India’ campaigns, and in the context of a debate in the city on how and where to dispose of garbage, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India (CREDAI) Karnataka has taken the decision to ensure zero garbage at all of its construction sites.
A recent convention by the confederation members, “Clean India- Skilled India- Strong India”, which was held in Delhi, also called for adoption of zero- garbage policy by all builders coming under CREDAI. Bangalore too will have its construction sites clean by ensuring effective disposal.
CREDAI Bengaluru president C N Govindaraju said the government’s commitment to ensure a clean India was clearly visible from the interactions during the convention in New Delhi. What the government has decided, the conclave too decided to have the same and give a boost to the industry by taking a common stand on garbage.
CREDAI Karnataka president Nagaraj Reddy said: “We have requested all CREDAI-affiliated developers to implement the zero-garbage policy in all their projects. Without treatment, no garbage would now go out of the project site.”
CREDAI secretary Suresh Hari says most of the waste generated in the construction sites is debris and not garbage in the sense of what an individual home produces.
“Construction waste will be broken bricks, tiles, mud, cement, broken glass, wood, etc, all of which can be recycled. A near 100 per cent of the waste generated from construction sites is recyclable. My estimate is that construction debris is less than 1 to 2 per cent of the total waste generated in the City or even lower than that. You can use material wasted to landscape or greenscape in apartment blocks and even individual homes.”
Hari says the people who collect the debris are in touch with people who run businesses using waste. They look for debris in particular because it is saleable at a lower rate in the second hand markets.
There are people who wouldn’t be able to afford first hand wood, so they take the second hand wood, get it cleaned and worked on to make some use of it. This second hand market for debris is big and a good source of depositing the waste generated from construction. Basically, its a recyclable waste and the damage caused by it is also minimal.
There are also market yards in the City with space for debris-like material to handle the waste that comes from the construction industry. According to realtors, the proportion of waste coming out of individual homes has always been higher compared to waste generated by construction work.
“It is a misnomer. Because construction of apartments looks big, it is assumed that too much waste is being generated. In actuality, there will be an arrangement with truck owners to collect the waste and give it out to secondary industry. This reduces arbitrary disposal of waste, which is the case with individual homes. There has to be insistence on separation at source, which will solve all problems, because you know which waste has to go where. Awareness has to be increased,” says Hari.