Pune is the first city to adopt this movement. Phase 1 of the Adar Poonawalla Clean City will be rolled out in the three wards of Ghole Road, Dhole Patil Road and Salisbury Park. The movement would then be rolled out to cover other wards of the city in phased manner.
Adar Poonawalla Clean City is an environmentally sustainable initiative, undertaken by Serum Institute of India and Mr. Adar Poonawalla as an contribution towards social responsibility, and aspires to make Indian Urban Cities more livable. It will strive to achieve this objective through efficient and scientific management of Organic Food Waste. Organic Food Waste when disposed unscientifically create a series of social, environmental and health hazards such as emission of hazardous / poisonous green house gases, odor, breeding ground for flies, mosquitoes, bacteria and viruses, polluting of ground water reserves amongst others. Such food / organic waste generated in large volume in Urban Cities can be processed scientifically to be converted into renewable energy and organic manure. At current estimates, 52-55% of total municipal waste generated in urban cities is Organic in nature. When such waste is segregated and removed separately - at source - it will enable for rest of the inorganic waste like plastic, metal, paper, rags, etc. to be also available for scientific processing and recycling. This will ensure minimization of land fill and freeing up of urban land for more productive / constructive use by the cities.
The APCCM will focus on supporting the Pune Municipal Corporation with infrastructure and management of solid waste, specially focusing on organic waste management. Initiatives undertaken in this direction will include:
The initiative will focus / strive to remove as much organic food waste segregated at source and divert the same for scientific processing. Rest of inorganic waste will be diverted to transfer stations managed by PMC and thereafter into the recycling / reprocessing plants. It is targeted to segregate and process 300-350 tons of wet food waste and convert it into biofuel and organic manure. So, in a year about 109,500 tonnes of wet waste will get processed. But that's not all. There will be other allied advantages as well. It will also ensure that garbage does not go into a landfill and spread health hazards and outbreaks. About 109 acres of landscape will be freed in the process. Furthermore, one year of wet waste removal will also result in 542 tonnes of carbon emission saved by fuel replacement thereby helping the planet breathe easy.
Pune is the first city to adopt the Adar Poonawalla Clean City. While this is a first step towards achieving the vision of making cities livable, the Movement's long term goal is to ensure that more and more cities adopt this movement and Urban India becomes cleaner, greener, healthier and happier.