New Delhi: “In 2017, while commuting to work everyday I used to pass by a place called Banashankri in South Bengaluru. Banashankri used to have a huge garbage dumpsite and a dedicated person would put the collected waste on fire everyday, without fail. This cycle was happening from quite a long time but one day while standing at a signal, I felt very suffocated and claustrophobic and that is when the dump site with tonnes of waste on fire caught my attention”, recollects 27-year-old Shwetha Parshi, while speaking to NDTV. Witnessing the garbage on fire made Shwetha realise the extent of the waste crisis facing the city, so, she decided to take up burning of the waste issue with the municipal corporation. While Shwetha kept on lodging complaints, her protests fell on deaf ears, her partner (Naveen Gowda) who was a political party member also tried to expedite matters through various sources but the efforts yielded no concrete results. During this time the duo happened to meet Vellore Srinivasan, founder of SLRM (Solid Liquid Resource Management) project which focused on waste segregation and management by the way of reusing and composting waste at source. The duo attended a two-d...