The Future

A 3-Phase Plan to Make Nilgiris Zero Waste To Landfill over the next 5 years

Leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of tomorrow.

Why?

  • Mismanaged Waste is a Disaster on all Fronts.
  • The Nilgiris is a Biodiversity Hotspot within the the Western Ghat chain of mountains. 
  • Mismanaged Waste here and elsewhere in this mountain chain, is bound to have both short and long term deleterious consequences on this fragile ecosystem. 
  • The health of the rivers which flow through the plains of Peninsular India, is entirely dependent on  the health of this eco-sensitive mountain chain.

Project Failure
Pile-ups at Waste Treatment Plants

Emissions

Global Warming

Leachate

Contamination of water sources

Exposed Dumpsites

Human Wildlife Conflict

Unsealed Landfills

Plastic Pollution

How & When?

Phase 1: FY 2024-25

Financial breakeven in the existing Unit with one-tine viability gap funding. 

Phase 2: FY 2025-26 

Collaborate with contiguous local bodies and explore possibilities to transport and process the waste generated here, at the existing facility. This phase will need strong political and administrative commitment, for such a measure will need policy level decisions at state and district level. If it attains fruition, the move will help in preventing much more waste from being mismanaged, and the next logical step will be to double the processing capacity of the existing facility which currently stands at 13 MT per day of both dry and wet.  

Phase 3: FYs 2026-27 & 2027-28

Identify and establish decentralised common waste management facilities throughout the district which are run along similar lines. In addition to political and administrative commitment, such a enterprise will need community mobilisation, partnerships with like-minded organisations, and, development of standardised but flexible operating procedures and monitoring indices. If this phase can be successfully implemented, it can be assumed that the major portion of the waste generated within this eco-sensitive district will be scientifically and safely managed.

Our Solid Waste Management Activities have safely disposed 12,000 metric tons of Municipal Solid Waste, a savings of 5900 tons of CO2 emissions equivalent as of April 2024

Read more details about the economic, legal, and environmental impacts as of April 2024