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“Give and let live” – The Hindu Article on Joy of Giving Week in Pondicherry

Bhupi Maru with "Joy of Giving Week" posters

Bhupi Maru with "Joy of Giving Week" posters

… Joy of Giving Week in Puducherry promises to be one mass coordinated effort involving the entire town. Sample this: over 90 schools, 30 colleges, 20 stores, 10 restaurants, 45 industries, 15 clubs and organizations, and a couple of banks and hospitals have pledged their support to the campaign. A few government departments are chipping in as well.The credit for all this goes to Shuddham, an NGO working towards solid waste management in the town, and CAOS (Creative Art of Souls) Apparels, an environment conscious export company, who have taken up this cause of giving in Puducherry…

The Hindu, in its Metro Plus Pondicherry section of the 26 September 2009 issue details the incredible support by the citizens of Pondicherry for GiveIndia’s Joy of Giving Week which starts today and goes until 3 October 2009.

Please click here for the full article.

To volunteer, please contact Shuddham at: 0413 – 2214868 or email: joyofgiving.pondy@gmail.com

To drop off usable items listed in this article, or in the previous post, please visit:

C.Dakchana Moorthy Chettiar Kalyana Nilayam
59, Eswaran Dharmaraja Koil Street
Near Nallam Clinic
Pondicherry – 605 001

Hours of operation:  8:30am to 8:30pm, 27-30 September 2009.

Joy of Giving Week in Pondicherry : September 27th to October 3rd 2009

Joy of Giving Week

Joy of Giving Week

The Joy of Giving Week is a movement organized all over India by GiveIndia Foundation. It aims at bringing together people from all walks of life in giving back to the society in a way that they choose – money, time, skills, resources, or just simple acts of kindness.

There is joy in giving and joy in receiving! It is this JOY that unites us all across numerous divides – urban-rural, caste, class and gender.

In Pondicherry, Shuddham and CAOS are collaborating with Goonj to celebrate this unique nationwide initiative “Joy of Giving” to be held from September 27 until October 3, 2009.

We invite you all to experience the Joy of Giving with us!

You can support us by:

  • Joining us as a Volunteer
  • Organizing a Collection Drive at your Work and Residential Area
  • Arranging Funds for this Movement
  • Sponsoring Transportation of the collected material to Chennai
  • Donating Packing Material
  • Spreading the Word about this Movement

You can give:
•  CLOTHES: Washed and reusable Clothes, Woolens, Bedcovers, Bed Sheets, etc.
(No Undergarments please)
•  UTENSILS: Clean and washed (no Glassware please)
•  SCHOOL ITEMS: Clean usable Water bottles, Lunch boxes, Pencils, Erasers,
Pens, Sketch Pens, etc. Clean usable School Bags, usable Notebooks and
Drawing Books with a good number of blank pages. Usable Text Books, Toys and
•  RECYCLABLE ITEMS: Newspapers, Books, Magazines used Paper, Plastic and
Glass Bottles, Discarded Batteries, Waste Cardboard and Paper Boxes, Clean
Plastic Covers, Broken Plastic Articles.

C.Dakchana Moorthy Chettiar Kalyana Nilayam
59, Eswaran Dharmaraja Koil Street
Near Nallam Clinic
Pondicherry – 605 001

Dates for Collection: 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th September 2009

Time: 8.30 am to 8.30 pm

Email: joyofgiving.pondy@gmail.com

Contact: 0413 – 2214868

Contact Hours : 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

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Goonj: Vastra-Samman a Nationwide Initiative
Goonj is an organization that mobilizes clothing as a resource to empower rural India. Every bit of cloth is transformed into a utility and all usable clothes are distributed to those in need through a well-organized chain of NGOs. Goonj respects the kind hearts of the givers and the self-dignity of the receivers. Every act of “giving” is matched by “work” the receiver does for his/her community.

Shuddham: Connect-Collaborate-Change the World
Shuddham, an NGO, is working to evolve sustainable ways to convert waste into a resource. It is proactively collaborating with the Pondicherry Municipality in the Raj Bhavan ward to create a model for managing solid waste. What is considered waste can actually be invaluable when segregated at source and put to use innovatively. Shuddham also offers training and project experience to volunteers and enthusiasts to come together and help change attitudes towards waste.

CAOS: Collaborate for a Better Future
CAOS Apparels Private Limited (Creative Art of Souls) is an ethical and environmentally conscious export oriented company that designs and manufactures apparels. It is based in Pondicherry, South India, and was founded by Anjali Schiavina in 2002. CAOS strongly believes in ‘collaborating for a better future’ with various organizations and shares the passion and vision, of Shuddham and Goonj, in changing waste into a resource. CAOS and its team are headed towards becoming zero waste.

Battery Recycling Program

Shuddham Wants Your Batteries

Shuddham Wants Your Batteries

Used batteries are hazardous waste.  They contain toxic heavy metals that end up in the waste stream.  In humid conditions or when thrown into dumping grounds or landfills, the battery casings corrode and the metals may contaminate the ground water.  When incinerated, the toxics are released into the atmosphere, and the incinerator ash is contaminated.

The two most common battery types disposed of in Pondicherry are alkaline and zinc chloride, each type making up about 50% of the 23 types of batteries collected so far at Shuddham.  These batteries contain mercury, which can cause brain and nervous system damage to humans.

There is currently no safe handling or recycling of batteries or portable e-waste in Pondicherry.  In order to take one hazardous stream of toxic waste out of the system, Shuddham is collecting used batteries to be sent for recyling.  Shuddham has set up collection points at retail outlets located in the Raj Bhavan ward of Pondicherry, such as Grinde R. Sridharan and Bon Appetit, as well as at the Lycee Francais, the French Instutute and Creative Art of Souls.

Once Shuddham has collected a ton of batteries, they will have it sent to E-Parisaraa, an e-waste recycling company in Bangalore.  At the moment, E-Parisaraa is also collecting batteries.  Once they have sufficient volume, they will either send it abroad for recycling or set up a processing facility in India.

What can you do?

  1. Reduce.  Limit the number of battery-operated instruments, appliances and tools you use.
  2. Reuse.  Purchase rechargeable batteries.  The best option is nickel metal hydride batteries that contain no toxic heavy metals.  Other batteries, including nickel cadmium and rechargeable alkalide batteries, still contain toxic metals such as cadmium and mercury.
  3. Recycle.  In Pondicherry, you can drop off your used batteries at one of the collection centers mentioned above.  Or, start your own collection box.

Lycee Francais Students Visit Parivartan

Listening to Rajamanikam

Listening to Rajamanikam

25 March 2009

Today, the eighth standard students of Lycee Francais de Pondichery visited Parivarthan, Shuddham’s resource center.

Watching the secondary sorting

Watching the secondary sorting

After Rajamankiam explained the process, they watched the secondary sorting taking place.

Lycee at Parivartan - Sorted Materials

Sorted Materials waiting to be "baled"

The Lycee does not currently segregate their garbage into compostable and recyclable materials – their mixed waste can only go to the dump.  The students are now committed to working with Rajamanikam to reorganize their garbage into segregated waste streams.

Chandigarh Administration Calls for Segregation at Source

Chandigarh, a Union Territory that serves as the capital of two states – Haryana and Punjab – lays claim to many firsts, including the first planned city in India.  Chandigarh was the first Indian city to ban smoking in public places on July 15, 2007.  And on October 2, 2008, Chandigarh banned the use of plastic carry bags.  While the city has already taken many steps to improve its waste disposal system, including removing pubic garbage bins and setting up sehaj safai kendras (SSKs), administrators have felt the need to improve the waste segregation system by segregating the waste at source.  Currently, waste is collected door-to-door, as in the Shuddham model, but unlike the Shuddham model, the waste is segregated at the SSKs.

It is no wonder that the segregation of mixed waste at the SSKs is not very effective.  Mixing waste at the source makes seperation difficult and precludes the recycling of much of the waste.  The organic waste is processed at the Solid Waste Processing Plant (another “first”) in Dadu Majra into pellets that are used in the cement industry.

Shuddham picks up waste which has been segregated at source – at the household level – and composts the organic material and resorts the recyclables which are then sold for various uses.  In the Shuddham case, almost all garbage (except hazardous materials, which are picked up separately) becomes a resource that is recycled.

Ayudh Puja at Shuddham

Drawing a kolam in front of Shuddham office

Drawing a kolam in front of Shuddham office

Yesterday, the workers at Shuddham celebrated Ayudh puja.  The ammas who sweep the streets cleaned the office and the street in front of the office, washed their chetties (aluminum containers used to pick up waste), and washed and decorated their modified tricycles.  The supervisors washed their motorcycles and scooters, and the vehicle drivers washed and decorated their vans.  The ammas conducted a small puja at the office with a few invited guest, including the councilor of Raj Bhavan ward and one of the MLA’s deputies and other friends of Shuddham.

Washing the street in front of the Shuddham office

Washing the street in front of the Shuddham office

Sweeping the street

Sweeping the street

Washing the chetties

Washing the chetties

Clean and decorated tricycle

Clean and decorated tricycle

Tricycle tire

Tricycle tire

South side supervisor washing his scooter

South side supervisor washing his scooter

Shuddham's Tata Ace

Shuddham's Tata Ace

Foundation Laying Ceremony for the New Resource Center

Bricks for the Foundation of the new Resource Center
Bricks and other items ready for the ceremony

1 January 2008

The members of Shuddham started off the new year with the foundation stone (or in our case, brick) laying ceremony of the new Parivarthan Resource Center to be built west of the “Boulevard” town in Pondicherry.  The Resource Center will include the recycling shed, vermi- and ordinary composting areas, and a section for research and development of new uses of recycled materials.

Preparing for the ceremony
Preparing for the ceremony


Mona Placing a Brick
Mona placing a brick

All the Bricks Placed
All the bricks in place

Marking the area
Marking the area

Secondary Sorting

Amma Sorting
Secondary Sorting

Shuddham employs two women from marginalized communities to sort the recyclable waste collected by the Beautifiers by type:  newspapers, cardboard, thin plastic, medium plastic, hard plastic, bottles, foil, dry batteries, etc.  The sorted materials are then sold to middlemen who go on to resell to larger recyclers, making the secondary sorting operation sustainable.

Plastic bags and newspapers

Light bulbs
Light bulbs, insect repellent bottles, foil 

A Beautifier

Shuddham “Beautifier”

Shuddham “Beautifiers” go door-to-door in the mornings to collect segregated waste from each household in the northern third of the Raj Bhavan ward of Pondicherry. One amma (“mother” in Tamil) rides the specially-designed tricycle while another collects the compostable waste (which goes directly into the tricycle) and recyclables (which go into the large red bags). In the afternoons, they patrol the streets to pick up any litter that may have accumulated since morning. Once a week, they do a “thorough” cleaning, including cleaning out the gutters. The difference in the cleanliness of the streets patrolled by the Shuddham Beautifiers and the other municipal contractors is marked.