We make it possible for you to take action right away.
Empowered through a practical tool to contribute to a clean city and adopt a sustainable practice.
Reduced burden on the system due to reduction in costs of waste collection, hauling, transportation and landfilling.
Better revenue through access to larger volumes of cleaner materials for recycling. Less drudgery in sorting through mixed waste.
Access to a stable market for
utilitarian product (as a range of our products are made from terracotta for household use)
Cities in India are exploding and so is the waste in them. India's approach so far has been to send waste out of the city because nobody wants waste to be managed in their backyard. We believed that centralised landfills in different corners of a city is the most effective way to clean up cities. Also, technologies that promised mixed waste conversion to energy only cemented this centralised mindset. So our urban planners did not allot land, storage and processing spaces for waste in their vision of the city. The subset of this is that we did not promote "management" at the core, but "mixing" waste.
Mixed waste is poison and impossible to recycle and cities spend a lot of money to collect, haul and dump poison. This myopic strategy is the reason for dirty streets, poisoned land, water and air pollution. This approach is no longer sustainable or financially viable.
Daily Dump in 2006 was clear that decentralised waste management was the only way of the future. Born out of a rigorous understanding of the Indian context, the socio-political-economic factors that create the issue of urban waste, our solutions are designed to solve the problem at its origin – in the hands of the individual or communities generating the waste.
Cities produce huge amounts of waste daily.
Out of this at least 60% is organic waste. Research has shown that residences contribute 80% of this organic component.
Our products convert this large volume into nutrient rich compost thus reducing the amount of waste a household needs to handover to the public collection system. In addition if batteries are kept separate from vegetable peels then recycling of other materials also become feasible.
Our product package is affordable, effective, simple to use and directly reduces the waste at source & reduces waste ending up in landfills. Our customers collectively keep tonnes of waste - both organic and other waste out of landfills. This simple daily act enables more recycling, helps the informal recycling sector, and pollutes less - with no cost to government.
Our idea is to create a large impact through a large number of people doing small actions.
How can you and me contribute to cleaning up our cities?
The Daily Dump Composters are a simple direct innovation to help all of us do just this. In India our unplanned urban explosion brings with it problems of many kinds, volumes of waste to be managed is just one of them. Unseen in our ordinary lives is the world of municipal bureaucracy, waste contracts, corruption, inefficient systems of operation and lack of political will. Any technological or large innovation often fails in the context of the politics surrounding waste.
At Daily Dump we were very aware that if we wanted to enable ordinary people, we would need a solution that circumvents this "city waste system".
Our initial research revealed that people wanted to do something to be part of the solution and were frustrated at not being able to do something tangible. Our products allow them to create nutrient rich compost without having to fill in forms, or pay a bribe and make them proud of their individual action.
Composting at home has now become the cool connection with a clean India!
The formal industries are not able to cope with livelihood needs of our expanding urban population and waste is primarily managed by the informal sector in our cities. The poorest of the poor work to eke out their living by collecting, sorting and selling things we throw out daily. They are experts on creating value from waste and navigating the recyclables market. Some of them brave the hazards of this occupation out of choice, but most of them out of compulsion. This is primarily because of our "caste" based perceptions of occupation. One would have thought that cleaning up would be perceived as a "noble" job, on the contrary.
So composting at home, believe it or not, supports and dignifies this important aspect of our cities. Composting begins with segregation, and once you segregate, your dry waste is easier to handle and bring value to people who handle it. In India maids, watchmen, drivers, rag pickers, waste recyclers, waste dealers all get some value out of discarded material. You also set an example - that getting your hands into waste is not a un-dignified thing to do thus raising the bar on dignity while touching waste. Not the other way around.
Our terracotta range of composters supports another informal and threatened group - the potters. India had a very rich tradition of pottery and potters were respected craftspeople who contributed to the social, cultural and economic fabric of society. Now, potters children do not want to continue learning and practicing this craft. It has no dignity and no money. Our products support and raise value of this sector. Our potters make more money in the three clusters we work with than they did before they made our Composters - the Kambha, etc. Their value among their peers in their village has also risen because of coverage of their work in the press. We continue to engage and understand their aspirations, their notions of wellbeing and their work to learn and build solutions that can help.
Waste is perceived as ugly and yucky and grossssss.
Even our tongues and expressions snarl into grotesque shapes thinking of the "mess". And yet, we do not stop to think how important it is to change this. It must become a matter of pride to display this aspect of our lives.
As an analogy, 60 years ago, bathrooms in India were not the spaces you spent money on or time in. It was a functional need that had to be done and forgotten. And bathrooms echoed that sentiment in the way they looked and felt. Now homes spend more on the bathroom than the living room sometimes.
Daily Dump does the same to waste. Making it beautiful is a way to solve other problems as well - like apathy, dignity of work, citizen participation, passing on this practice to the next generation, enhancement of value of this sector. Our customers proudly display these in their gardens, balconies and terraces and share their journeys managing waste.
Painted Kambha Image Credit: Daily Dump customer, Ipsita.
Potash is necessary for plant growth. Our country is a major Potash importer. It means we are spending money on importing nutrition. When you begin composting at home, you begin to understand how nutrient flows are natures way of recycling.
Composting is a great way to return nutrition back to soil. It is important that the city produces nutrient from all its consumption and finds ways to return it to the soil surrounding its periphery.
Each family of 4 using the Kambha produces at least 100 kgs of nutrients for soil, every year.
Just imagine if a whole city was to do this. Also, imagine if we had an super cool way of reaching this to our farmers who need this.