Solid waste management is one of the most basic essential services provided by municipal authorities in the country to keep urban centers clean. However, it is among the most poorly rendered services—the systems applied are unscientific, outdated and inefficient; population coverage is low; and the poor are marginalized. India produces 150 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables and 50 million tonnes of waste per annum. The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMCs) were established by the Maharashtra government to streamline and regulate the sale and purchase of different types of agriculture and pisciculture produce from remote areas. Spread over a sprawling 122 hectares, the Mumbai Agricultural Produce Market Committee(APMC) at Vashi is the entry point of all food grains and vegetables meant for the extended region of Metropolitan Mumbai. An average of 50-60 Metric Tonne of ORGANIC waste per day is generated. Students of Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture, Kharghar along with mentors, Shantanu Poredi and Manisha Aggarwal and Sampurn(e)earth worked over two months to come up with a solution for the Waste Management of the APMC Market, Vashi.
MO-OF/ Mobile Offices is a design practice set up in 2001 in Mumbai by Shantanu Poredi and Manisha Agarwal. The engagements with communities, the context the works are situated in, create design frameworks for the architectural rhetoric. The primary issues that the practice engages with are Social, cultural, environmental sustainability – these issues usher explorations that transform building types and typologies.
Sampurn(e)earth, founded in 2012, are working towards breaking the non-cyclic process of waste management. They provide end-to-end decentralized waste management solutions for housing societies, corporate houses, townships, school and college campuses, etc.
APMC - Mumbai APMC is considered the largest marketing yard for agriculture produce in India with an annual business worth Rs 10,000 crore and revenue of over Rs 150 crore that is generated by levy of various cess on farmers and traders.