As the old adage goes “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” But the point is if the earth and its environment is shared by all of us, don’t we need to give it back its due. This is precisely what the women of Little Gibbs Road 1, 2, and 3 in Malabar Hill live and swear by. An initiative started by eight woman that includes Indrani Malkani its secretary and Chella Chidambaram its founder and chairperson in April 2000, it was started in response to the call for a “Zero Garbage Malabar Hill” named by the then Municipal Commissioner Mr N Nalinakshan. Apparently, they along with many such residents of the neighbourhood were pained to witness the heaping garbage piling up as they walked or drove across the road daily.
The prime focus of ALM was to segregate wet waste from dry waste and collect them separately. As am Moreover, in spite of getting blunt opposition and reluctance from some of the residents, they succeeded in getting everyone on board by means of a sustained campaign for segregation for all the garbage in the area and by adopting an approach of companionship instead of confronting each other local Municipal Ward Office-D Ward.
Also, the ALM played a pivotal role in the onset of MCGM’s Integrated Relay Transport System for the segregated collection of waste in November 2000. It was due to the success of this project that caused MCGM to execute in other areas too.