S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation and RUR Green Life Pvt Ltd to promote effective waste management in Mumbai. The project, sponsored through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds of the HT Parekh Foundation, aims to prevent bio-waste from reaching landfills, generate compost, recycle dry and hazardous waste, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Under this initiative, SPJIMR, Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation, and RUR Green Life Pvt. Ltd. will provide simple and effective infrastructure for proper waste collection, aerobic composting, and dry waste linkages to Bhavan’s Andheri Campus. The objectives of the programme are to prevent approximately 450 kg of bio-waste from reaching landfills during the project period, generate around 30 metric tonnes of compost, recycle five tonnes of dry and hazardous waste, and reduce 40-50 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions.
The project will train 30+ housekeeping staff, improve the level of source segregation by up to 80%, and provide additional income opportunities through the sale of compost produced. The project aims to improve the knowledge and awareness of waste segregation, composting, and waste management. This will enhance the resource efficiency and recycling index of products due to enhanced segregation levels.
This project will cater to all five institutes on the Andheri, Bhavan campus, i.e. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Bhavan’s College, Andheri (M. M. College of Arts, N. M. Institute of Science, H. R. J. College of Commerce), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s A. H. Wadia High School and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Sardar Patel Institute of Technology. The project was formally launched on Bhavan’s campus with the inauguration of the composting machines and a demonstration of the waste management process. Prof. Renuka Kamath, Associate Dean, Full-time Programmes SPJIMR, inaugurated the project.
Ms. Daya Sajnani, Director of HR and Infrastructure at SPJIMR, said, “At SPJIMR, we strongly believe in promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility, and this project aligns perfectly with our values. We are thrilled to be part of this initiative and to collaborate with Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation and RUR Green Life Pvt Ltd to bring positive change to the city of Mumbai.”
Through this partnership, SPJIMR is committed to promoting sustainable practices and contributing to a cleaner, greener future for Mumbai.