The Clean Pune movement

Zero Garbage
Zero Garbage Drive
An initiative towards making and keeping Pune clean.
The Background

For any developing city, waste management has emerged as one of the major challenges and all the stakeholders in the society are striving hard to resolve this issue.

The Initiative

KPIT along with Janwani (the CSR wing of MCCIA, Pune) partnered with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and other stakeholders to initiate the Zero Garbage Drive in Pune. This initiative focuses on separating the organic and inorganic waste at the source level. Further, the organic material is used in the biogas plant for power generation and the inorganic waste such as plastics; glass etc. is sold as scrap. The ultimate goal of the Zero Garbage Project is to process all waste at the ward level, and provide an alternative to transporting city waste to dumping yards in the city outskirts like Urali-Devachi village.


In the year 2014 four zero garbage awareness rallies were organized in different wards of Pune city, involving 215 volunteers and reaching out to 2.61 lakh properties and more than 8 lakh residents. Janwani has presented this model to the Planning Commission of India, suggesting that the model be replicated on a nationwide scale. Due to these awareness rallies, the door-to-door collection went up to 60% and segregation up to 40%.

The figures represent the number of employees that participated in the initiative
Development of Technology for solid waste management

For solid waste management, the pelleting machine was developed which converts about a ton of kitchen waste to 250kg of pellets. The pellets converted out of wet garbage can be used as fuel.

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