Vermpet holds the vision to combat the problem of waste disposal and management in the metropolitan cities of India by engaging the future leaders, i.e. students in schools, as well as the community as a whole in the process of vermi-composting and allied activities. It hopes to further the agenda of sustainable development and create a generation of environmentally conscious citizens by offering effective tools and pragmatic tips to practice the omnipotent 3 R’s of waste management.
Waste management is a pressing issue for civic agencies in metropolitan cities of India as the landfill sites are getting exhausted and the land prices are rising by each day.For instance, in Mumbai the four landfill sites are on the verge of exhaustion and would not be able to support any amount of waste in 5 years time. Around 50% of this waste is biodegradable which, owing to poor land-fill site management, is left to rot anaerobically, thus emitting methane - a powerful green house gas.
Vermpet aims to tackle the problem in a holistic manner. It works at two levels :
*Sensitization* wherein high-impact workshops are organised at schools and colleges comprising of hands-on composting activities in order to educate the future leaders about the issue of waste management; and *Action* wherein composting bins are installed with the support of Vermpet's implementation partners to help the school convert its waste into high-quality organic compost and bring tangible change.
The project will be capable of reducing 10,000 kgs of waste on a monthly basis, thus reducing the methane production by preventing anaerobic rotting of waste, thus saving CGH emissions equivalent to 1,80,000 kgs of CO2e.