Saahas, established in 2001 in Bangalore, helps society to convert waste into resources. It focuses on building capacities of public institutions like the Municipal Corporation, as well as supporting progressive policies around waste management.
Saahas also has a second entity, Saahas Waste Management Pvt Ltd, which provides professional services to all waste generators, including companies, apartment complexes, institutions and communities and looks at delivery of services which ensure implementation of legislation and regulations around waste (including e-waste).
Currently, Saahas converts seven tonnes of waste every day in Bangalore into a range of resources. However, Bangalore generates 4,000 tonnes of waste every day. The organization’s plan is to work with all stakeholders to bridge this gap. Since 2013, Saahas has also started operations in Chennai.
Tetra Pak Collection and Recycling: Saahas has an ongoing programme with Tetra Pak India Pvt Ltd and other stakeholders for educating consumers about collection and recycling of post-consumer cartons. Saahas has introduced collection boxes in apartments, schools and corporate offices for used carton collection. In addition, Saahas has linked up with various scrap dealers and waste retrievers. They also collect factory waste from different corporates. All this material is diverted from landfill and dump sites into recycling. This has also become an added source of income for waste retrievers and scrap dealers.
Waste Sensitive Programme: Saahas, in collaboration with EMC2, launched a two-year programme in schools/colleges, ‘Responsible Recycling of e-Waste’, which aims at spreading awareness about the environmental impact of recycling e-Waste in the informal sector. It works with all waste generators namely apartments, households, schools, and communities to manage wet, dry, and e-waste fractions of waste. All this waste is managed at source through composting, biogas, and secondary sorting of dry waste. In addition, the schools/colleges are also informed about the e-Waste Management and Handling Rules, 2011.
Awareness Programme: Bosch, in association with Saahas and with the support of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, has undertaken this programme with the aim of implementing proper practices of waste segregation at source, in the areas surrounding the Bosch campus.
Consultancy: Saahas offers services to property managers and construction companies who are in the initial stages of development of properties.
Income Rs97 lac
Expense Rs86 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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