In India, Bangalore-based Sumadhura Infracon Pvt. Ltd, one of South India’s leading residential property developers, recently held a ‘waste-to-energy’ preview near Sumadhura Eden Garden, a 14-acre ongoing residential project development in Whitefield, Bengaluru. Through the initiative, nearly 3 tonnes of organic waste would be converted into renewable electricity per annum at the complex.
The company has pledged to eliminate waste entirely from its operations and committed to reduce, reuse and recycle; encouraging their staff as well as their residential communities to “follow suit and be more responsible” as citizens. In all of its residential apartments, the company says that it “lays a very strong emphasis” on its safety standards, environmental management, rainwater harvesting and a proper waste management system.
We want to ensure that wet-waste from the communities will not contribute to the landfills, and instead gets converted to energy in a plant close to one of our projects. A city like Bangalore, battling garbage problem daily, needs more waste-to-energy initiatives as it could be a viable solution to ease the burden, said Madhusudhan G, Managing Director and Chairman Sumadhura Group.
In this project, Sumadhura Group has partnered with local Bengaluru-based GPS Renewables Pvt. Ltd, a provider of turnkey anaerobic digestion (AD) solutions based on its proprietary BioUrja technology for mid to large-sized (>5 tonnes per day processing capacity) clean energy projects in the biogas space.
According to Sumadhura, the technology is simple to install and feedstock flexibility ensures that there is greater tolerance for uninterrupted operations with no odour or output digestate disposal issues.
The key challenges in waste management in Bangalore has been waste segregation at source, collection, transportation, and disposal. While the decentralized waste-to-energy project practically closes the ‘waste generation – landfilling’ loop for all Sumadhura residential projects in Whitefield, it also creates awareness among the inhabitants of these communities that the builder is taking extended responsibility for zero-waste.
This can help create a ripple effect in moving towards better segregation, recycling and reducing waste.
Sumadhura Group is proud to take its environmental commitment seriously and happy to contribute in the betterment of their communities, and everyone else in Whitefield. I believe if we do not make efforts to keep our surroundings clean, we cannot expect others to do that for us, ended, Madhusudhan G.