Archives November 2012

Waste Management in Apartments: Awareness and Best Practice Sessions Updates

ApnaComplex with support from Bannerghatta Neighborhood Association, conducted Waste Management Awareness and Best Practices Sharing Sessions on Saturday, 24th November, 2012.

After a warm welcome from Mr. Sanjeev Bansal of Vithola Apartments, the event kick-started off with a small video on the WHY of Waste Management – the current status of Bangalore’s garbage dumps, BBMP’s diktats and securing the future for our children.

The Waste Management expert speaker sessions started with Waste Management for Dummies by Mr. Vijay Krishnan of RagPicker who gave a simplified, practical, down-to-earth explanation of WHATs of waste management. What were the different categories of waste, What are the composting options? What garbage goes into what bucket/bin/bag for disposal? What’s done with the garbage after it leaves our homes?

Wilma Rodrigues, the guru of Waste Management from way back in 2001, from Saahas group next presented some practical HOWs of Waste Management. She explained about various tailored and customized options for apartments and gated communities in terms of services offered by Saahas. She explained how we can contribute back to not just environment by significantly reducing the output generated to landfills, but also giving back to the society in terms of employment for people manning the composting and segregation units right in the apartment/complex premises. The women and men employed with Saahas are given training, proper protection equipment and ergonomic tools and techniques to go about their mundane work. The services while being a big boon for societies who are always pressed for time and resources – is also very economical with charges only for covering the basic expenses.

Up next was Ms Poonam of Daily Dump, another veteran in this area. Daily Dump, popular for providing eye-catching, colourful and beautiful composting units – be it for individual homes, society or office, was ubiquitously mentioned by almost everyone in the following Best Practices sessions. She gave some sharp, hard-hitting and thought provoking perspectives straight from the field – how to think of the bigger picture beyond just my home, my apartment, my backyard. For example how there was no CFL recycling plant in Bangalore and it needs to be transported several miles outside the city just for that.

The Best Practices sessions generated the maximum question/answers from the audience with practical issues & tips shared by passionate committee members – Savitha from Sobha Azalea and Althea, Babita Saxena and Radhika from Ferns Paradise, Asia from Purva Panorama, and Anoop of Sobha Aster.


Practical questions on how to change the mind set of maids, cooks and housekeeping (use incentives scheme, talk to them in the language they understand, use visuals instead of charts), how to practically collect wet garbage ( keep it newspaper lined buckets/bins outside your door and have the housekeeping staff empty it into larger trolley-bins), contacts of alternate conscientious waste collectors who actually don’t mix up after you have taken all the pains to segregate, how to mobilize the residents from indifference to active participants (go door to door, involve children, have fests, make garbage interesting!). This was the section that generated the maximum laughter and interaction too! What struck the audience was the professional presentation by these green champions. “Phased-implementation”, “Early Adopters”, “100% compliance”, “Soft Launch”, “Post Pilot” were some of the terms used by the presenters – which showed the corporate style commitment and execution towards making Bangalore a better place to live.

The event ended with an inspiring note from Ms. Lavanya of Youth For Seva. The finale session was most appropriate as she urged people to not just recycle – but also reduce. Take a moment before buying – do you really need it, can you get by with something more simpler option that we actually knew and used 10 years ago (do we really need that e-waste generating sensor activated liquid soap dropper?!, Do we really need black plastic refuse bags?). Once you buy it – take another moment before throwing it away – has it been used to fullest extent? Can you not repair instead of replace? Don’t fall for the consumerist marketing is the message she asked people to think about. YFS also has other areas of service such as health, education where volunteers can register and give back to society at large.

A copy of Solid Waste Management Template for Apartment Complexes and an attractive Waste Segregation Poster have been distributed to the participants. There was a crossword puzzle on Waste Management that was handed over to all participants and Mr. Manish from Klassik Benchmark has won the lucky draw for the same.

Waste Management Puzzle from ApnaComplex

“The sessions were very very useful. I have had lot of takeaways. Although we were practicing Waste Management to some extent in our apartment, I have got lots of new ideas now and I am going to spread the word to not just my apartment but my entire neighbourhood” – words from the happy and satisfied member from the audience – Ms. Meeakshi of Ittina Abby sums it all.

The sessions were attended by more than 60 participants from various housing societies. All presentations are available on ApnaComplex Slideshare.

Update: Some of hyperlinks given above were broken earlier. The broken links have been corrected to point to correct urls


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ApnaComplex Android App Upgrade: Share Pictures of Community Events instantly with all Society Members

We are excited to announce the release of next version of ApnaComplex App (Version 1.2) on Google Play.

Share Photos with Society from your Android Phone using ApnaComplex App

Society Photo Gallery on ApnaComplex Android App

One of the most popular and unique features of ApnaComplex portal – the Society Photo Gallery is now available on ApnaComplex Android App!  With this, you can now click snaps of the community events and share with all other members of the society instantly right from your phone.   Members can also view all the albums of the society’s gallery right from the phone and comment on photos.

An enhancement to the complaint box is released as well – the attachments associated with complaints can be seen now from the phone itself.

Go, get the ApnaComplex Android App NOW!


Want to manage your Apartment or Housing Society in a Better Way? Get on to ApnaComplex – Today!

ApnaComplex is India’s best web based housing society software.

ApnaComplex is designed to make the life of residents and owners lot better by bringing in more transparency and accountability in managing a housing society. Check out why we say ApnaComplex is Best Apartment Management Software and sign up your society today to get the benefits! We even offer ApnaComplex – Free Edition with awesome capabilities which you can use free of cost forever.


Directions to Vithola Apartments, Bangalore – Venue of Waste Management Awareness Sessions

Below are the micro-instructions to the venue of Waste Management in Apartments Sessions by ApnaComplexVithola Apartments on Bannerghatta Road.

Coming from Jayadeva Circle side:
1. Drive towards Gottigere/Bannerghatta Zoo
2. You will cross Meenakshi Temple (on your right) and Royal Meenakshi Mall (on your left)
3. Continue further down for apprx. 2 KMs more towards Gottigere/Bannerghatta Zoo.
4. You will cross Purva Panorama Apartments on your left.
5. Soon after you will see an arch for trust on your right. (Diaognally opposite to it would be Decatholon Sports)
6. Take right at the arch.
7. You can see a lake to your right and Vithola Apartments adjacent to that.

Coming from Bannerghatta Side or from NICE Road exit:
1. From NICE Road exit, continue towards Gottigere/Jayadeva Circle/Bangalore City
2. You will find Decatholon Sports on your right.
3. Immediately you will see an arch for trust on your left. (Diaognally opposite to it would be Decatholon Sports)
4. Take left at the arch.
5. You can see a lake to your right and Vithola Apartments adjacent to that.

Here is also the link to google map for the venue.


Waste Management for Apartment Complexes – Awareness and Best Practice Sharing Sessions by ApnaComplex

ApnaComplex with active support of Bannerghatta Neighborhood Association (BANA) is conducting Awareness and Best Practice Sharing Sessions on Waste Management for Apartments in Bangalore.

Waste ManagementDate & Time: Event is scheduled to happen on Nov 24th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Venue: Club House, Vithola Apartments, Off Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore (Google Map of the Venue)

Agenda: 

Event will include presentations by Daily Dump, Ragpicker, Saahas, Youth for Seva – organizations dealing in Waste Management and Best Practices from Apartment Complexes who have successfully implemented Waste Management in their respective societies.

  • Introductions & Welcome
  • Need of Waste Management & the options available – Video Presentation
  • Waste Management for Dummies by RagPicker – Mr. Vijay Krishnan
  • Saahas Presentation – Ms. Wilma R
  • Daily Dump Presentation – Ms. Poonam Kasturi
  • Tea Break
  • Best Practice Sharing from BANA
  • Best Practice Sharing from Sobha Azalea & Althea
  • Best Practice Sharing from Ferns Paradise
  • Youth for Seva Presentation on their services
  • Vote of Thanks

Who can attend:
Any one in and around Bangalore who is part of a gated community (Managing Committee Members, Green Committee Members, Facility Managers, Residents of Apartment Complexes, Villa Layouts)

Does it cost?
The event is free for ApnaComplex paid customers and for BANA members.
For others, Rs. 100/- shall be collected at the venue on the event day to cover the incidentals.

Please register your details at http://bit.ly/VZkCUd

Please check out the event on Facebook as well.

Please drop a comment below if you want to know more information or mail to support at apnacomplex.com


Society Data Management Enhancement: Create Custom Committee Member Roles in ApnaComplex

ApnaComplex now provides freedom for housing societies to create their own committee roles. All along, we supported standard committee roles of Chairman, President, Treasurer Sub-Committee Member etc. – but with the new generation committees there are more and more fancy designations coming into play 🙂

To support these needs, we now allow creation of custom roles for committee members. Just go to Directory->Committee Members->Manage Committee Roles after logging in as admin to see this in action.


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Striving for a Waste Sensitive Bangalore – Featuring SAAHAS!

ApnaComplex is delighted to feature an interview from Saahas – the organization that every waste sensitive communities would know. Below is a detailed interview from Ms. Babita Saxena, Program Head at Saahas who explains more about Saahas and gives advice on how Gated Communities can benefit from services offered by Saahas.

Saahas has been doing tremendous work in Waste Management in Bangalore for many years. Can you please explain the background and about the mission of Saahas?

Saahas is registered as a society in 2001 has been into solid waste management for the past 12 years and has been committed towards the goal of Zero Waste Bangalore. Based in Bangalore, we work with government institutions, companies, households and schools to bring attention to best practices in the management of solid waste and support implementation of these systems. We work with the informal sector to strengthen the capacities of workers and provide better livelihood opportunities.

Saahas LogoThough we are based in Bangalore, we have recently begun operations in Chennai and Goa as well. In the medium to long term, we would look to expand to second or third tier cities around Bangalore. Our organization has studied the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling Rules) 2000 and we believe that it provides excellent guidelines for improving the existing situation of solid waste management in the city.

Our Vision: To have waste managed in a manner which will recover all the embedded resources, while enhancing livelihood options and safeguarding our environment.

Our Mission: Our mission is to develop and facilitate implementation of best practices in waste management so that generators take responsibility for their waste. This in turn will ensure minimal impact to the environment even while livelihood options are enhanced.

What are the different services offered by Saahas?

Saahas provides different types of services that can be broadly categorized as follows:

  • Complete management of wet and dry waste. (Wet waste management through composting and dry waste sorted and sent to respective recyclers / scrap dealers) at the client’s premises. (option of only wet or only dry waste management is also provided)
  • Dry waste collection from the client premises on a weekly basis, so that they are sorted and sent to respective recyclers / scrap dealers). This option is feasible for small sized apartments.
  • E-waste collection
  • Hand Holding clients with management of wet waste for a period of 1 or two months. This is especially useful for clients where wet waste generation is not huge and does not require a full time personnel to manage the wet waste. In such places, house keeping staff can be trained to handle this activity along with their regular activity.

Can Apartment Complexes approach Saahas for consultancy on SWM and for audit of their SWM practices?

Yes, apartment complexes can approach Saahas for consultancy on SWM and for audit of their SWM practices. We can help them get started.

Can Apartment Complexes totally outsource their waste management to Saahas?

Wet Waste, Dry / Recyclable Waste, Garden Waste as well as e-Waste can be handled by Saahas. The hazardous and sanitary waste will continue to be picked up by BBMP.

Does Saahas cater to Private Layouts as well?

Yes, as long as the layout has mechanism established to collect waste (door to door) and bring it to a central location which can then be handled by Saahas.

Are there any apartment complexes using services of Saahas?

Yes. We are servicing a number of apartments in Bangalore. Some of our existing large clients are Mantri Tranquil, Prestige Shantiniketan, Mantri Flora, Brigade Classic etc.

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With the increased awareness of Solid Waste Management in Bangalore communities, is there any message you want to say to residents of gated communities in regards to SWM practices?

Instead of getting demotivated that nothing is happening w.r.t the new rules, the communities should take up responsibility to manage their own waste, so as to reduce the burden on the landfills. Any such major changes are bound to have teething problems, and it is only prudent that each community comes forward and take care of their waste atleast and contribute towards a better city and better environment. With communities / apartments it is easier.

Communities must also take responsibility to ensure that the low value waste like packing materials from kitchen, wrappers, tetrapak etc., are truly put to recycling by the vendor who picks up the recyclable waste.

How to reach out to Saahas?

431, 8th Cross
Jayanagar 1st block
Bangalore -11
Ph: 41689889, 26563663
Email: response@saahas.org
Saahas.sujatha@gmail.com
Website: www.saahas.org

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