History and today’s organization:
Auroville EcoService manages solid waste for the international township of Auroville and has accomplished exemplary pioneering work in the field of garbology which has been recognized by many outside agencies. It has been constantly striving to meet its objectives in terms building awareness in the community to move towards a ‘zero waste policy’, reduce landfill and increase re-cycling possibilities.
EcoService team collects waste from households, communities, guest houses, restaurants and units, and another team processes it at a shorting shed in Kottakarai.
Vision: EcoService wants to minimize as much as possible the impact of Auroville’s waste on the environment. It recycles as much of the community’s waste as it can, and landfilling as little as possible.
Collecting and Processing:
To collect all solid waste generated by the community, as well as along main roads and public areas.
To process all solid waste generated by the community, recycling as much of the waste as possible.
To ensure overall that the community’s waste has as little impact as possible on the environment.
Network and Outreach:
To lead by example in positive solid waste management practices within the bioregion.
To network by acting as an umbrella group, connecting all waste-management related activities.
Awareness Creation and Education:
To generate awareness among Aurovilians about the importance of responsible waste disposal and to work with them to create proper waste disposal systems in households and communities.
To work towards a “zero waste” policy.
To work with schools to develop and promote curriculum on waste.
Research and Development:
To become a center of research in waste.
To promote ‘waste to energy.’
To promote the innovation of products made out of waste and help to develop this market.
Location:Verite Road, Kottakarai, Auroville