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How many times have you stopped at the traffic signal, stared at the garbage dump in an open field and wondered about the problems it creates. But then, the signal turns green and you are off on your way, dumping the worries too at the site. Social Entrepreneur RAAGINII JAAIN wasn’t one of those to sit back down.
Founder of Geetanjali Envirotech, Raaginii Jaain was disturbed by the amount of waste generated in India and its poor management. In the late 90s’, Jaain started working in the area of waste management. In 1998, she met Almitra H. Patel, an Indian environmental policy advocate and anti-pollution activist, and it was then that her journey actually started. She is the first and still the only woman in India to bio-remediate dumpsites and who is able to clear these dumpsites. “I started working in the waste management sector officially from 2000, with my company Geetanjali Envirotech. As a social entrepreneur, I started India’s first decentralized plastic recycling centre and then decentralised composting,” said Jaain.
Waste management in India has long been a disputed topic with questions often being raised about the efficiency of the government or the social responsibility of corporations who are often to be blamed for the mass accumulation of garbage. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, out of the total solid waste generated in the country, only 70% is collected and only 12% is actually treated.
“Management of solid and liquid wastes are one of the biggest problems that our country faces today. I have developed a process for dealing with waste dumps that is proprietary and patented. We have already bio-remediated about 75 lakh metric tons of garbage. The microbes developed by us which work on the garbage, are economical and work faster. We have worked on dumpsites that were as high as a 10-storey building and have now been reduced to two meters within three months. By the end of the process, you will never realize that you are standing in the middle of garbage, there are no flies and no smell,” she said. Screening this stabilized waste will clear old sites for permanent scientific processing. Jaain is hoping to get the contract to work on the Okhla dumping site in the capital city.
Geetanjali Envirotech has also worked on treating leachate, the foul liquid that oozes from…