Category Archives: Waste

Eco Service Update with Gillian

Gillian has been involved with Eco service for over 20 years. Here she gives us an update on the changes such as; the success of the educational work initiated by Rajamanikiam, the recent changes made by Alex and the future expanding needs.

Des meubles en Tetra Pack !

Dimanche, Marc a propose un workshop au Youth Center sur la fabrication de tabourets en Tetra Pack. Oui, vous avez bien lu, nous parlons bien des briques de lait et de jus de fruit. Grace a un astucieux assemblage des briques entre elles pour enfermer de l air a l interieur, il est possible de realiser des meubles tres resistants. Les cinq participants ont egalement appris a les recouvrir de posters decores et a fabriquer du papier mache pour une assise plus confortable. Marc nous explique l origine de ce projet de recyclage ecolo et rigolo.


Comments: 0 Date: 31 Mar 2013

Pondicherry Dump Update

Since as far back as 2005, a group of Aurovillians have taken up an environmental activist campaign with the Pondicherry garbage control. The Pondicherry dump, located just 3 km outside of Auroville, is a smouldering wasteland where nearly 350 tons of garbage are dumped each day. The dump, which often catches fire because of the lack of waste sorting, causes a thick, grey cloud of toxic smoke. For Auroville, this low combustion incineration causes especially serious health and environmental issues because of its proximity to the dump site.

I took some time to sit in on a conversation between Bindu and Carel, two Aurovillians who play a lead role in the environmental activist campaign. In this interview, they discuss the realities of the Pondicherry dump, what has been accomplished with the campaign, and where they hope to see things for the future of Pondicherry's waste. http://www.auroville.org/journals&media/avtoday/September_2009/Page%201.pdf - petition representation letter} - {pondicherry garbage control


Comments: 0 Date: 01 Mar 2012

The waste management in auroville

In Auroville there are many places but for cleaning around Auroville and to make our peaceful city without any pollution is the Eco Service ,near Naturallement . Their aim is to reduce the pollution because pollution is destroying the environment, the earth and people who lives here. So at Eco Service are trying to stop it and to keep the city clean, and as close to zero waste as much is possible . The ladies who works there separate each of the wastes into 24 categories. Eco Service also wants to set an example surrounding villages.

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Comments: 0 Date: 17 Jul 2013

Environmental Concerns

Over the past 7 years Aurovillians have been having problems with the smoke and fumes coming from the Karuvadikuppam dump site located just 3 km outside Auroville. None of the waste has been segregated which make the management extremely difficult. In order to take up this issue with the local government Renu and Bindu has taken action by asking Igor to send a lab technician to take soil and water samples for testing. The place stinks for miles around making the life in some villages and Auroville's communities unbearable.

The gypsy community that has been living next to the dump site have been setting it alight to have easier access to the metals which they sell. The result of these samples should be available in 10 days. --- http://www.auroville.org/journals&media/avtoday/archive/2012/AVToday-273-apr_2012.pdf --- http://www.auroville.org/journals&media/avtoday/archive/2004-2009/2009-10//Page%201.pdf


Comments: 0 Date: 03 Jan 2013

PMSPL

Puducherry Municipal Services Private Limiteds Chief Operating officer Lt. Col. C. P. Prem Vas and Public Relations officer Mr. Sridhar made a presentation at Town Hall about waste management. At the southern border of Auroville, a huge dump site effects the life of the residents of Auroville and nearby villages. The open field dump pollutes the air, due to the low grade combustion of the waste. This dangerous practice produces many air Pollutants such as dioxin, a chemical product extremely dangerous to humans and animals. Download the pdf

Additionally various chemical elements leach into the aquifer. Auroville has been addressing this issue for many years; a group of Aurovilians continuously dililgently work to make Puducherrys concerned bodies and organizations aware of this pollution. Todays meeting is a good starting point. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychlorinated_dibenzodioxins


Comments: 0 Date: 21 Dec 2011

Behavior Study on Waste

On Monday Min and Akshay of "earth & us" presented their findings from a study of how garbage is handled in Auroville. This study was on waste in particular but was conceptualized as an example for behavioral change more generally. Many Aurovilians see the need for more ecological practices being normalized in the day to day life of the community. How do we encourage those practices to take hold? Listen to the first part of the presentation and see the {slideshow} for ideas and findings that make for the beginnings of an answer.


Comments: 0 Date: 01 Jul 2013

EcoPro's awareness campaign

The anti-waste organization from Auroville has been promoting responsible waste management for two years in Periyamudaliarchavadi (PMC), one of the small villages around Auroville. Last March 3rd, Niranjan Kumar and Ribhu Vohra held an exhibition for the local children, displaying the causes and effects of pollution through pictures and posters. Through this, they hope that the kids start to encourage their parents to treat waste more carefully. EcoPro also tries to increase awareness by painting walls with anti-litter messages.

After the exhibition, the kids participated in a drawing competition. In this program, Ribhu runs through the pictures displayed at the exhibition.


Comments: 0 Date: 05 Mar 2012
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