How many of us are willing to keep the waste generated in our homes and treat it? With nearly 70 per cent of the 3,500 tonnes of waste generated in the city daily being wet waste, local composting and segregation would cut costs in transportation of waste. But most Bangaloreans are not interested in using the generated waste at home.

This is one of the findings of an eco-pulse survey on waste management carried out by Biodiversity Conservation India (Pvt) Ltd. (BCIL). The survey was conducted among 400 respondents in the age group of 21 years to 50 years, whose monthly income is Rs 20,000 and above from across the city.

According to the survey, most felt “the faster the waste left home, the better.” “While 69 per cent do not use the generated waste at home, 70 per cent of the respondents think that waste cannot be treated at home,” the survey stated.

Releasing the findings of the survey, BCIL Chief Executive Officer Chandraheskar Hariharan said the kitchen waste of a family of four would provide rich nutrient fertilizer that can serve a full acre of plants and trees every two months.

“Besides this, home composting would also reduce the burden and cut transportation costs by 70 per cent for the local civic body,” Mr Hariharan said.

While 67 per cent of the respondents are willing to keep the waste at home for a day or treat it, three out of four citizens are willing to pay a fee to get their waste disposed.

A majority of the respondents had no clue as to where the waste generated in their homes was being dumped, only 23 per cent of the respondents said they segregated waste before disposing it. While 27 per cent admitted that they would complain to the authorities if they found waste being dumped on streets illegally.

This is the fourth survey conducted by BCIL. The former three were separate surveys on conservation of fuel, power and water.

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