Inspiring Solid Waste Management Story – Creating Wealth off Waste!

Solid Waste Management and Waste Segregation are the latest buzz words in Bangalore Apartments – thanks to the BBMP’s directive of mandatory Waste Segregation from Oct 1st 2012.

Waste Segregation at source shall only be successful if every resident, every community makes it a way of life.
Below is a inspirational video from Koramangala 3rd block Wealth off Waste(WoW) Project – which takes you the journey of how Koramangala block 3 Resident Welfare Association is driving waste segregation. Watch this video, show it to your house helpers, house keeping staff, neighbours – start creating WoW!


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Sample Solid Waste Management Template for your Apartment Complex

With the new Waste Segregation rules to be implemented by BBMP from Oct 1st 2012, most apartment communities in Bangalore are rushing to implement new processes for the Waste Management in thier respective societies.

In order to help Apartments in Bangalore, we at ApnaComplex have put together a template that could help Managing Committees create a Solid Waste Management Plan easily.

Click on the image below to download the excel template. You can customize the same to your socieity’s needs. Feel free to distribute the same as well.

Template for Solid Waste Segregation and Management in Apartment Complexes

Template for Solid Waste Segregation and Management in Apartment Complexes

Feel free to share with other societies, if you find the template useful!


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Waste Management Process in Purva Panorama Apartments, Bangalore

One of ApnaComplex‘s premium customers, Purva Panorama Apartments, on Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore is ensuring waste generated in their apartments is efficiently managed and disposed, reducing the damage to environment.

Below is TV-9 coverage of the waste management process in Purva Panorama under the Hasiru City feature:

Purva Panorama not only leads in Waste Management, but also in adopting best Apartment Management Software, to manage their apartment efficiently and transparently!


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ApnaComplex is India’s best web based housing society accounting 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 offer ApnaComplex – Free Edition with awesome capabilities which you can use free of cost forever.


How to Set Up an Eco-Friendly Kitchen in an Apartment Complex

Eco Friendly KitchenWhile setting up your house, remodeling the kitchen according to your need is an important factor. Eco-friendly updates to the kitchen are some of the best ways of reducing power and using the entire workspace. Transforming the kitchen into an eco-friendly one leverages the value of your apartment and also helps in conserving the environment. There can be a whole lot of aspects that can be kept in mind while upgrading your kitchen.

A kitchen can be easily made into an eco-friendly one by using many energy-saving equipments and appliances such as water-saving faucets, eco-friendly lighting and energy efficient windows.

Ventilation and Natural Light

You can save unnecessary wastage of electricity and save power by working closer to skylights and windows. By setting up your kitchen that way, you save a great amount of light. If your kitchen is not well ventilated and does not receive a good amount of light, then you should opt for LED or CFL bulbs. Installing an exhaust fan in the kitchen is very necessary; it fans out the entire bad odor in your kitchen and does not let the fumes stay. This in turn increases the amount of fresh air in the kitchen and removes any dampness. Using daylight controllers and energy efficient bulbs is a great way to save energy from being used.

Making use of Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy consumption depends a lot on the appliances that are being used. Usually, new appliances always come with more efficient energy-saving technology than their previous counterparts. All modern electronic appliances use considerably very less amount of energy than the older equipments. All the Energy Star appliances use less energy and are more efficient to operate.

Cooking at a Time

Instead of cooking many times, try cooking once. Multitasking while cooking such as cutting vegetables can help you save a lot of fuel and time. Cutting of vegetables into small pieces increases the taste of the dish you are cooking and at the same time also cuts down the preparation time. The USP of cooking at a time is that you save a lot of fuel.

Choosing Cookware

Be choosy while buying your utensils; do not just go for the cheap ones as they increase you cooking time. Low quality utensils take time to heat up and hence consume huge amount of fuel or gas. Try not to use disposable products as they are made of low-quality cast iron, which affects your cooking process.

Adopting a Green Living

Keeping a separate dust bin for recyclable and non-recyclable wastes will help you do your bit for the environment too.


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Oota from your Thota – Greening Bangalore’s Terraces and Balconies

ApnaComplex organized the Oota from Thota event on Sunday, 8th Jan, 2012 at Electronic City, Bangalore and here is the participants perspective of the event.

There was a sizable crowd of green enthusiasts with personal passions of greenery, gardening, no-plastic, organic farming and community well-being, bonding together through a common thread on this platform. Delighted to see participants coming from far distances such as Hanumant Nagar to attend the event and that’s true passion!

The pace got set with a talk from Dr.Viswanath of Garden City Farmers Trust – who presented some hard facts on the kind of food that we eat today. The dangers of consuming pesticides-ridden food taking their toll over a period of time was emphasized to create awareness. Though the speech was an eye-opener, all hope was not lost yet. Be it a terrace or a balcony, Dr. Viswanath & Laxminarayanan, also from Garden City Farmers Trust, showed the basic steps of planning for a garden, soil, grafting, seeds, seasonal plants etc. Pictures and success stories were shared on how even amateurs grew their own vegetables like capsicum and brinjal and fruits like the papaya and grapes in as little as 2ft by 2ft by 2ft space.

Oota from Thota by ApnaComplex - Session in progress

Oota from Thota by ApnaComplex - Session in progress

Following this, was another inspiring session from the Ms.Vani Murthy, another go-green expert who gave an actual demo of the materials that can be segregated in our day-to-day rubbish from our homes. Simple things like dry leaves, vegetable peels that can be separated out and mixed with soil and shredded newspapers to create nutrient-filled compost for plants. The difference between recyclable and reusable materials was also spelt out for the rapt audience.

The way the questions and queries from the audience till the very end were answered reflected the passion of the speakers.

Finally there were the packed stalls relevant to the theme of the day. Kids and their family thronged to the tasty organic chaat and snacks stall put by In the Pink. Then there was the unique and surprising flavours of homemade jam from Nature in a Bottle that teased your taste buds – you couldn’t resist taking home a bottle or two. For those looking to start their own kitchen garden, they were spoilt for choice of the garden tools and instruments, and exotic seeds by Varsha Enterprises. There was on display and sale, a variety of very informative and cost effective composting products and solutions from “Daily Dump” right from offices to homes to communities. Also present was Opron Biotech providing digital diagnostic equipment such as Thermometers, Blood Pressure Devices.

All-in-all a very satisfying and different way to spend a Sunday – one small step for the conscientious citizen. Heartening to see the pockets of change and hoping that this cascades into the right direction for Bangalore and rest of the world.

The event was supported by Garden City Farmers Trust, Celebrity Paradise Layout and Citizen Matters along with ApnaComplex.


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Navaratri Celebrations in a Housing Society – Tips You Can Try

Navaratri Celebrations in a Housing Society – Tips You Can Try

When it comes to religious events in a housing society, Navaratri is a popular Hindu festival that you can celebrate within the complex. The festival revolves around Goddess Durga and is an occasion for families in a housing society to come together through community celebrations on a grand scale where everyone can gather and celebrate together.

The Magic of Navaratri

Navaratri translates literally to nine nights in Sanskrit and during this period, idols of the Goddess are placed in homes and temples and they are immersed in water on the tenth day.

In south Indian cities, families place golu (an array of idols and figurines) in their house and people visit their neighbours and family members to view each other’s golu collection.

navaratri celebrations

Navaratri Tips for a Housing Society

You can create a central Navaratri event in order to bring the residents together. This should be done through the apartment association.

Once you get the plans verified by the housing society association, you can assign responsibilities to different residents and collect money from all residents in order to organize the event. You can handle the accounts yourself or delegate the responsibility to another resident.

  • Organize a Main Event

With the help of the other residents, you can organize housing society celebrations where everyone can gather together instead of holding individual events. This can help in preventing the wastage of food, water, electricity and other resources.

You can talk to the managing committee and arrange for an idol that can be housed in one of the common areas for the general celebrations and prayers.

  • Promote Homemade Sweets

You can inform all families to make their own sweets and bring them for the main event, as buying sweets from outside can be quite expensive for such a huge event. This will also bring some variety into the proceedings and families will be able to share these sweets and get to know each other.

If possible, give away the remaining food after the celebrations to the less fortunate who may not be able to afford such luxuries.

  • Keep Your Sound Levels Down

While celebrating Navaratri in a housing society, care should be taken to ensure that the noise level does not get out of control as it can be a source of extreme discomfort for neighbours and other nearby buildings.

Since Navaratri lays great importance on the recitation of religious hymns and prayers and also involves a number of pujas, chances are that sometimes festivities can get a little out of hand. It is imperative that no one is disturbed in the excitement of the festival and its celebration.

  • Spare a Thought for the Environment

Immersing idols of the Goddess in the water is common practice and care should be taken to ensure that the idols are immersed in predefined locations within the housing society. Setting up an artificial body of water can be a good idea. All idols should be made of naturally degradable substances that do not cause any environmental harm, and you can spread such awareness.

Try and use a single idol for the entire housing society as this would be extremely beneficial and go a long way in helping the environment and setting an example. With the right steps, celebrating Navaratri in a housing society can be a unique experience.


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Green Housing Society – Eco Friendly Measures to Dispose All Idols

Festivals in a housing society are celebrated with undiluted enthusiasm, as India is a country that’s known for its festivals and varied culture, and people from different communities live inside a residential complex in every housing society.Eco friendly measures to dispose all idols
Although Ganesh Chaturthi festivities might seem enticing and fun, celebrations that are conducted during this major festival harm the environment in one way or the other. Every housing society should follow eco friendly and green practices in order to ensure that people don’t destroy nature in an attempt to celebrate their culture.

People living in a housing society can follow a few pointers through which they can celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in a pleasant yet eco-friendly manner.

Why Choose Clay Idols Over Plastic Idols?

Idol immersion is a common scene during Ganesh Chaturthi, where the idol of Lord Ganesh is finally immersed into the sea or any other water body following the end of the festival. This adversely affects the marine life at sea. This effect is due to the fact that the Ganesh idols that people purchase are often made of Plaster of Paris.

This toxic substance, when dumped into the ocean is consumed by aquatic creatures, leading to their death. In order to completely avoid this problem, ensure that you buy an idol which is made of clay or mud as it does not harm the marine ecosystem.

You can do your bit and spread some awareness among the residents of your flat about the environmental advantages of using clay idols over plastic ones. Although it would not be realistic on your part to expect everyone to change their preferences immediately, all you need to do is start off the initial spark. You can talk to the apartment association regarding this.

Innovative Eco-Friendly Idols You Can Try

Apart from the regular clay and mud models, environmental groups are coming up with various solutions to reduce the adverse effects that massive idol disposal causes. A community called Sadguru Shri Aniruddha Upasana Trust came up with the concept of biodegradable Ganeshs.

These idols are made from paper from the trust’s Ramnaam notebooks. The paper is packed in casts in order to mold the material and give it a definite shape. The idol is allowed to dry for a period of two days and then painted with non-toxic colors.

These idols are easy to make and cause no harmful effects towards the environment. You can urge your housing society neighbors to buy these eco-friendly alternatives. A housing society can also buy a single large idol of the lord for the entire locality in order to reduce the disposal of numerous idols in the sea.

The Need for Artificial Lakes and Collective Dumping

In a housing society, the management can collectively make a decision to dig up a ditch and fill it with water so that idol immersion can be done in such a place, reducing the overall contamination. If an artificial ditch like this is created in every housing society, the levels of pollution will fall drastically and even traffic congestion on the roads can be avoided.

There are many small steps like these that members in a housing society can take in order to make their community a better place to live in.


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Housing Society Events – How to Choose an Idol for Ganesh Chaturthi

With the joyous festival of Ganesh Chaturthi right around the corner, housing society residents would have started making arrangements for the celebration of this auspicious festival, which is greeted with much grandeur. Although this festival will be celebrated individually in all houses, arrangements can be made in a housing society to organize a major event centered on the festival.Choosing an Idol for Ganesh Chaturthi

One of the major tasks involved in planning out this festival is selecting the perfect idol of Lord Ganesh. The residents in a housing society can select a huge idol in order to offer their prayers together as a community, other than the small ones they buy personally.

Here are some simple pointers which housing society residents must keep in mind while selecting an idol.

  • Book the Idol in Advance

It isn’t an easy task to shop for idols just a day or two before Ganesh Chaturthi. Booking an idol before hand is extremely important. Most people tend to book their idols on the day of Janmashtami as a reminder or at least 10-15 days before the festival, so ensure that you book your idol way in advance. Did not book it yet? Never mind – its never too late for a good thing. Read the rest of the article and book the idol right away!

  • Buy Only Clay or Mud Idols

The housing society management must ensure that the idols that their residents buy are made up of biodegradable clay, which easily dissolves when immersed into the sea.

More often than not, Plaster of Paris and other toxic chemicals are used to make the idols, which can have adverse effects on the marine ecosystem. In order to maintain a green housing society, this rule must be enforced.

  • Choose the Right Size

Ganesh idols are available in an array of sizes and this makes it difficult to choose the ideal one. Since the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations held at a housing society would normally cater to a large number of people, it would be practical to choose an idol which is approximately 10-15 feet high.

Smaller idols can be chosen for personal purposes in every home. The main idol should be properly transported into the housing society, though, without any damages.

  • Choose a Seated Idol

This is an extremely important tip that the management should note while choosing a Ganesh idol. When a standing idol is installed in a particular place over a period of 10 days, there is a high chance that cracking may occur due to the heavy weight borne. For this reason, it’s more practical to choose a seated idol.

  • Opt for Natural Colors

For environmental reasons, the housing society management should opt for and promote Ganesh idols that are not painted with toxic paints and dyes. Instead, natural coloring substances such as turmeric and vermillion can be used to give the idol some color.

  • Purchase the Decorative Items

The housing society management must remember to purchase decoration material for the idol in advance. In order to save money, the decorations can be purchased from a wholesaler. It is important to purchase the material only after buying the idol, as the size plays a vital role.

Ideally, the materials should be purchased a week before Ganesh Chaturthi. Plastic decorative items should be strictly avoided for use during the celebrations. Instead, cloth, paper and wood items can be used as alternatives in order to avoid environmental hazards during the immersion of the idol.

These are some simple yet vital pointers which housing society residents should keep in mind while selecting an idol for the vibrant festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. These tips will help the management ensure that all residents enjoy the festivities to the fullest, while setting an example of being environmentally conscious citizens.


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Indoor Gardening 101 – Plants That You Should Avoid

Growing plants in and around your house can be very beneficial; however, there are certain plants that you should avoid growing indoors in your apartment. Plants and shrubs provide a variety of benefits as they add on to household décor and purify the air – but not all of them are suited for indoor gardening.Plants that should be avoided

You should take proper care while selecting the plants for your indoor garden of your apartment and should also garner enough knowledge about the characteristics of the chosen plants.

The Basic Factors

You should choose a plant that falls within your budget and doesn’t require more time and care than you can afford. With kids, patients and elderly people around, you should also be well aware of the harmful effects that certain indoor plants can have in order avoid any unwanted complications like:

  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Rashes or scratches
  • Poisoning

Plants You Should Avoid

Generally avoid growing plants of the below given categories.

  • Plants that are infested and act as hubs for pests
  • Plants that possess unhealthy foliage, that is, foliage with undersides that show signs of infections or diseases
  • Plants which have spots or blotches, wilted foliage, brown leaf margins or yellow leaves
  • Plants whose leaves are either torn or treated with certain agents that provide an artificial polish
  • Plants whose light energy requirements are more than what you can provide in an indoor environment
  • Weak plants which do not have any leaf buds or new flower with some young plant growth
  • Plants which do not have the capability to acclimatize, adapt and survive in the indoor conditions or your home setting

Plants That Spread Pollen

People suffering from asthma must avoid growing plants or trees which produce lot of pollen. Given below are a few plants and trees that you should avoid growing in your indoor garden or community garden if you are asthmatic or stay with a person who’s allergic to pollen.

  • Ash
  • Amaranthus
  • Birch
  • Beech
  • Crocus
  • Cypress
  • Coneflower
  • Elderberry
  • Juniper
  • Oak
  • Poppy
  • Privet
  • Peony

Plants That Are Potentially Poisonous

Plants that you should avoid growing in your indoor garden, in order to prevent poisoning, have been given below:

  • Azalea (Rhododendron)
  • Monkshood (Aconitum)
  • Bleeding heart (Dicentra)
  • Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Yew (Taxus cuspidate)
  • Cherry (Prunus)
  • Castor bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
  • Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis)
  • Wisteria
  • Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Jimsonweed (Datura)
  • Lantana (Lantana camara)

Other Plants to Avoid

There are certain plants which can cause illness on consumption. Although adults might be prudent enough to stay away from these, kids might surrender to curiosity and succumb to poisoning or illness by eating parts of these plants.

  • Wisteria
  • Cotoneaster Berries
  • Rhubarb
  • Rhododendron
  • Honeysuckle
  • Delphinium
  • Bluebells
  • Fuchsia
  • Snowdrop
  • Pyracantha Berries
  • Mistletoe
  • Laburnum
  • Privet
  • Lupin
  • Holly (berries and leaves)

Growing plants in apartment complexes has grown as a hobby; and you should pursue it only after gaining complete knowledge about the pros and cons involved with the activity. It is essential for you to be educated about the dangerous effects caused by some plants and the different ways in which you can tackle those effects.


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Indoor Gardening 101 – How to Create and Maintain a Balcony Garden in your Apartment

With the space constraint that’s prevalent in cities, it can be a tad difficult to plant big trees and plants or own independent houses with gardens – but you can create your mini garden in your very apartment!

Indoor Gardening

Indoor plants can help in improving the overall appearance and lend an aesthetic appeal to your house in an apartment complex. Although the idea might seem quite hard to implement, it is possible to have a green surrounding if you use your balcony optimally by growing some indoor plants.

If you have access to the apartment complex terrace, you can talk to the managing committee and lend a touch of green and spruce up the overall environment there too.

Choosing the Right Plants

Depending on the amount of space you have in your balcony, you can decide on what plants your indoor garden should sport.

#1 – Regular Plants
If you’re not too keen about flowering plants or other categories, you can opt for regular plants which will add a hint of green to your interiors. If your balcony is well shaded, you can opt for plants like the Chinese Evergreen Plant and the Snake Plant. These grow well even in dark spaces and don’t require too much sunlight. English Ivy is another plant that you can opt for, while setting up your indoor garden.

#2 – Flowering Plants
Certain high rise apartments provide separate spaces for flower beds in all flats so that people can place their flowering shrubs. You can grow brightly coloured flowering plants in earthen pot containers. Your balcony space can also accommodate small flowering and fruit and bearing plants.

The choice of flowering plants is important and you can opt for peace lily plants or poinsettias. The quintessential rose bush can also give your balcony an attractive look. Get plants and shrubs that are of medium height so that maintaining them is simpler and hassle free. If you like shrubs, you can also grow a hibiscus shrub and the flowers from these plants can be used for everyday purposes as well.

#3 – Climbers and Creepers
If you like climbers and creepers, your balcony can be an ideal place to grow them once you provide the right kind of support. Climbers will have soft stems and these can grow out of control if you don’t maintain the garden properly and restrict their growth. Ideal options for climbers would be the Grape Ivy Plant, the Bleeding Heart Plant and Clematis. If you want to opt for creepers, Bougainvilleas will be a good choice.

#4 – Ornamental Plants

Ornamental plants can also be planted in your indoor garden, although you’ll have to note that these are high maintenance options. You can go for plants like Magnolia, Flowering Dogwood, Jacaranda and Cassia Javanica.

The choice of tiles and bricks that you use is important too. They need to get along with the home décor and should not look starkly different, singling out the balcony from the main living space. With a proper indoor garden, you can bring in some zing into your apartment.


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