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CORBETT PROJECTS

AN OVERVIEW OF OUR WORK

We collect waste from 3000 members in 48 locations on a weekly or bi-weekly basis including 38 villages, 5 forest rest house complexes, 3 entry gates of Corbett Tiger Reserve, an ayurvedic factory area, 3 PWD bungalows, an Eco Tourism Centre, a Forest office compound, 3 temple complexes and 60 schools.

 

SPONSORS - ANAND MAHINDRA & SOS ORGANICS

We are proud to have Anand Mahindra and SOS Organics as the official sponsors of the Corbett Project and we are extremely grateful to them for their support. This is the second year that Anand Mahindra has sponsored the project. We are now making plans to expand our operations, reach out to more villages, educate more people, provide employment and transfor more areas than ever before.

 

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

India’s wildlife areas are sadly plagued by the same garbage problem that the rest of India faces. When we started work at Corbett there was no waste management system in place and the villagers had no choice but to dump their garbage on the perimeter of the Tiger Reserve. Tourists come from across the world and are dismayed to see the perimeter road lined with litter from careless visitors who wind down their windows and throw their waste out without a second thought. There is a large dumping ground directly next to the Kosi River- which means that the water the humans and animals drink is contaminated with the toxic leachate that seeps from the rotting garbage.

 

OUR VISION & MISSION

We have taken on the challenge of introducing a system of waste management in an area stretching over 120 villages and 100 km’s.
Our mission includes:
1. Awareness raising for schools, homes, shops, government departments, hotels and other tourism outfits.
2. Providing a sustainable waste management system to each member in the society.
3. Improving living standards for the local communities around Corbett Landscape.
4. Increased livelihood options for the local community.

 

WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE

We provide a door to door, sustainable waste management and disposal system to each member in the village including homes, hotels, schools and shops. All of the waste is segregated at source using the following categories. DRY (recyclable), WET (organic) and REJECT (non-recyclable). It is then collected by our staff and loaded onto our truck which was kindly donated by Mahindra & Mahindra. All the waste we collect is further sorted, stored, recycled, composted, processed or disposed of responsibly.
All our work is documented with proper data collection, compilation and periodic reports.

 

COMPOSTING

Approximately 60% of waste generated in India is organic and can be turned into fertiliser without any kind of machinery in just a couple of months. We have created decentralized composting units with the farming community for all the food waste that we collect. Many of the villagers have animals that they feed their food waste to but the hotels and resorts were just throwing it away.So not only do we have a solution to dispose of unwanted food but we are also providing high quality fertiliser for farmers to use on their crops.We use an organic product called Nature Vel SW to speed up the process and ensure there is no flies or smell.

 

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION

We conduct regular awareness programs with the children in the villages that we work in and in fact the first thing we do when we start work in a new area is an educational children's event. Parents may have trouble grasping what should go into each garbage bag but the kids pick it up quickly and ensure the waste is segregated properly. We run evening classes each weekday for the kids of Bhakrakot village as we realize that education is paramount if we are ever to see a clean India. We provide dustbins converted from old oil cans to the schools we work with and have recently started providing them with water filters.

 

AWARENESS RAISING & TRAINING

We conduct surveys and capacity building workshops with villagers and hotel/resort staff before working together. We explain the benefits of having a proper waste management system and teach them everything they need to do know about waste segregation including what types of dustbins are required, how they should be labelled and the reasons for keeping food waste separate. We offer ongoing support and advice and constantly monitor how the waste is being managed. We are always happy to answer questions and assist with any problems that may arise. We recently did training sessions for the Forest Department and have offered to set up waste management systems in all of their guest houses and offices.

 

Survey on Waste and Water Pollution

Working with the government is incredibly important in order for changes to be implemented in regards to waste management. We are proud to announce that we recently conducted a detailed survey of how hotels, inns and lodges in the Corbett Landscape area dispose of their solid waste and waste water for the Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB). The survey was conducted in two parts:mapping and classifying hotels, inns and lodges then the second phase included data collection and compilation. The survey is being used as a tool to make recommendations on how these businesses can better manage their waste and water pollution.

 

TRANSFORMATIONS & CLEAN-UP DRIVES

We organize, manage and execute transformation and clean-up projects in all our villages to ensure that they remain clean. By beautifying an area there is more of a chance that it will stay clean. We involve the villagers and the children as much as possible as this helps to give them a sense of civic pride. We provide all the equipment that is required plus conduct briefing sessions prior to the event so waste can be collected segregated. We of course dispose of the waste in the correct manner, recycling as much as we possibly can.

 

GENERATING EMPLOYMENT

We now employ over 30 people for the Corbett Project. The entire team of Field Assistants, Village Supervisors, Project Supervisors, Project Assistants and Project Managers for Finance, Media & PR, Reports and Documents, Planning and Expansion, are proudly geared with uniform and equipment to carry out their work in a safe and hygienic manner.

 

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