DIY garbage spot fix to ensure it stays clean

Hey everyone! In the last post about fixing black spots, we covered how you could take necessary steps to fix black spots using the formula CCC ( Calling, Cleaning and Collaborating)
Now that the garbage is cleared and the spot has to be maintained, what can you do to prevent it from becoming a black spot again?

Step 1: Levelling! Yes, levelling the ground using mud, tiles or cement is a great way to not only ensure that large holes or irregularities do not attract mounds of waste but it also aids in making the area more citizen friendly ( can be used for walking or for placement of benches) and useful.

Step 2: However, levelling the ground is not enough to prevent the spot from being used as a waste ground again. Fencing the area is important because it deters people from using the area as a black spot. A fence doesn’t have to form an enclosure or be made of wood or metal. Use what you have at hand or what is easily available. Rangolis have cultural significance so they could act as fencing, or in other cases big plant pots and plants (ferns or crotons) generally beautify the place, so they could be used as well!

Step 3: Next, you could look for an adjoining wall to paint on, as it is another way to beautify the area. Your designs don’t have to be elaborate, you could just have simple patterns or alternate using between 1-2 colours. Instructions such as “ Don’t litter” or “ Don’t throw your garbage here” are also good examples to encourage public consciousness so that people don’t throw garbage in the area. ​​

Step 4: Next, we should target corners. Post levelling, place plant pots especially in corners. They are generally places where garbage starts to accumulate because it is an easy target for people to start dumping in, and it could lead to waste accumulation. Look at a few examples of these steps in the link below!

Step 5: After all these steps, contact BBMP officials to collect the garbage you had initially collected in bags. Note that BBMP doesn’t consider tiles, debris, broken toilets and other construction waste as garbage, so keep it aside and work with local bodies apart from the BBMP to remove it. This could be either Non profits such as Saahas who are working in the field of waste management or even Panchayat officials who could aid in the process of waste collection that BBMP does not look into.

Step 6: And you’re done! If you attempt to use the same steps, comment what challenges or limitations you faced and if they were successful! :slight_smile: