How it began
“The name ‘Green Worms’ is symbolic; millions of micro-organisms eaten by worms help us in sustaining the planet, our firm is like a worm — green in nature and doing good things for the earth,” factors out co-founder Akshay Gunteti. It has been a yr since he joined the corporate as head-partnership however his Hyderabad-based NGO Accelerate SD Foundation has been working with Green Worms for the previous three years. “They (Green Worms) used to outsource their awareness programmes to my NGO,” he explains.
At Palwancha, the crew works with 4 girls of an area self-help group (SHG), who’re getting assist and ability experience. “Since our focus is on coastal and climate vulnerable regions, Palwancha was chosen. Here, 90% of the waste ends up in a landfill. The municipal administration is active in improving waste management, and we could use the vacant space available to set up the infrastructure,” he provides.
The first step was to impart the information of separating dry and moist waste. “When they realised the waste that gets dumped in a dumpyard/landfill has a lot of value, they showed keen interest and began to segregate it. We buy the plastic and paper waste from SHG members and send it to authorised recyclers. Non-recyclable waste is sent for co-processing at authorised cement plants. Usually, the middlemen exploit these informal waste collectors,” says Akshay. SHG members earn ₹350 per day.
The crew works primarily in small cities and villages to implement waste administration and green initiatives. Akshay feels this makes their mannequin totally different from different sustainable fashions. He says, “In the process of recovering low value waste materials for recycling and co-processing, our recovery rate is 95%; only a small percentage of inert waste and residue are left behind. Hence, waste collectors and segregators (SHG members) earn more from our partnerships, they tend to collect more. In small town and villages where no waste collection or reuse happens, this waste disbursement plan is a necessity, else the rubbish would end in a landfill or ocean. We teach the process so that even when we are not there, they can fetch better prices for their materials and improve the process.”
With their goal focussed on small cities, Green Worms plans to work with 10 municipalities of small cities in Telangana.