At least 33 tonnes of nirmalya was collected on the sixth day which had NGO SWaCH collaborate with firms Cummins, Emcure and Sudarshan and adopt 23 ghats across the city where they stationed waste pickers, staff and volunteers in an attempt to enable an eco-friendly celebration. In a statement issued on Sunday, they said that the collection went smoothly at the ghats.
The volunteers were informed through both traditional media like newspapers and radio and through Facebook, text messages and WhatsApp. Residents could access the ghat locations and specific coordinators for each site were listed on the SWaCH website and Facebook.
While some volunteers have been participating in the effort for several years now, there were also a number of new faces.
The total nirmalya collected amounted to 33,160 kg and 10,494 idols were diverted into the tanks provided by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). At the Shanta Apte ghat for instance, every bit of nirmalya was diverted away for composting. At the three ghats across Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), 2,242 idols and 4,500 kg of nirmalya were diverted.
On the sixth day of the festival, there were over 200 volunteers at different stations alongside over 100 staff members and 250 waste pickers. Participation is expected to rise even further on the final day of the visarjan.