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A Chat with YPG Member Subha Niranjan

Subha is the Sustainability officer of Electronic City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA), Bangalore which is one of India's premier industrial estates. Subha has been instrumental in successfully implementing waste management projects in the township and is an inspiration to many.

 

We caught up with Subha and asked a few questions about her work in the waste industry and what inspired this career path.

26 Jun 2017 -

1. What inspired you to work in waste management? How were able to follow your passion?

 

I have always been very passionate about the environment. I did my education in a small hill station at Yercaud which had fantastic weather and greenery. I had gone back after 5 years since graduating from school and was very saddened by the loss of trees and rise in temperature levels. This further prodded me into thinking deeply about the environment and wanted to do something for it.

So when I was looking to do work for the environment, I got connected to Reap Benefit a start up working on waste management. This was the first step into the world of responsible waste management. Worked closely with the student’s community and also learnt a lot on waste management. After which I got this wonderful opportunity to work for the ELCITA SWM. 

 

2. Tell us about your waste management work at ELCITA and its objectives:

 

Thank to our CEO Ms.Rama NS who is very passionate about a sustainable E-city , she is always finding ways to make ELCITA sustainably smart. Under her guidance we have made:

 

  • A state of the art SWM facility with a conveyor system  designed by Sweep Smart for segregation which caters to about 85 ELCITA member companies. We have partnered with WWM&CS for operations, Mind Tree IGG for IT support .
  • An  E-waste collection center whose focus is on collecting negative value E-waste such as CFL and tube lights from small and medium companies
  • An Organic waste composting plant which composts the leaf litter that falls on the roads of E-city. We sell the compost back to the industries .The dry waste from the roads are sent for recycling,
  • A 300 KLD sewage treatment plant for treating of sewage small companies and the treated water used for gardening and construction purposes.
  • A ban on single use disposables at E-city'

ELCITA has a vision of “Zero waste to landfill” and we have been constantly striving to move towards the same. Of course there have been challenges but we have been moving slow and steady. The objectives of ELCITA is to get every company at E-city to segregate  waste and dispose responsibly, Non use of single use disposables, work towards technologies that would bring in sustainable smart solutions for waste management .We have recently in collaboration with Sweep Smart started working on a  project called “E-city segregates 2.0 “ with the objective of improving segregation levels at E-city.

 

 

3. How has the smart waste management systems impacted the project?

 

We are implementing smart waste management solutions such as QR codes for waste pick up, quantification of waste collected through IGG app, monitoring the  pick up quality, facility efficiency, the quantum of reject waste generation  ,creating baseline for segregation. This has helped us make our operations more efficient and accountable.

 

4.What are the main challenges with such implementation?

 

Data collection is sometimes a challenge as it is dependent on the loaders and drivers and needs to be monitored regularly. Getting companies to segregate is always work in progress.

 

5. What do you like to do outside of work?

 

Travel, read books and bake

 

6. What advice do you have for young professionals who want to build their career in waste management?

 

You need to be very passionate about it and get into field work to learn the ropes. You also require patience and perseverance. I think given the magnitude of the garbage problems that we need to solve, a career in waste management is very prospective provided you are passionate about it.


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