The FoV unique special mechanical garbage loader takes charge of the dumping stations after a gap of two years. It has not been functioning for a long time as it could not move in the broken roads. Due to the state government’s development project of the Samagra Vikas Yojna, many sewerage lines were laid and new drains were built. The whole process took almost two years to bring back Vrindavan in normalcy. It was very difficult to move this slow machine in the broken roads. It has become easier to operate this mini-garbage loader, once the project of building road is nearly completed in many parts of the town.
The Friends of Vrindavan has been serving Vrindavan by operating the project named Vrindavan Cleaning Fund, in which it is majorly helping the town by managing its waste. The VCF is equipped with two –tractors, four trolleys, two mini-dumpers, one pick-up van and the mechanical loader. These vehicles are majorly used to manage the garbage in many parts of the town, mostly around the major temples and important locations. The mechanical garbage loader is used to load the garbage into the trolley; it is also loaded manually after separating the waste having economical value. The plastic bottles, broken glass, tin etc. are sold in the recycling market by the people engaged in this programme. The paper waste is brought to the paper recycling unit run under FoV’s project of Vrindavan Kuda Prabandhan Pariyojna and the bio-degradable waste is sent for composting, which is run under the same programme .
The mini-dumpers are used to collect the flowers, garlands and other temple waste which were thrown in Yamuna. The flowers are recycled into the organic manure. The mini-dumpers and tractor-trolleys are also used to collect the garbage directly from different large complexes of the educational institutions, guest houses, hotels and the big temples.
The hospital waste is also being handled and disposed as per the guidelines provided by the Central Pollution Control Board. The bio-medical waste is being collected from all the hospitals and nursing homes of the District of Mathra, which is disposed at the common Bio-medical waste treatment facility of the Datt Enterprises Ltd. in Agra.
The mechanical equipments are supported by the cycle rickshaws and the hand carts which collect the waste from the small lanes where the motorized garbage collection is not possible. These vehicles help the FoV’s street cleaning programme and being used in the joint street cleaning operation with the municipality.
The Vrindavan Cleaning Fund has been majorly supported by the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, the Tata Motors Ltd., the Gail (India) Ltd. and Yash Birla Group to buy the cleaning equipments and to capacity built the decade old effort of FoV’s Clean Vrindavan initiative.
Some generous individuals and agencies have been supporting the programme by sponsoring the people engaged in the programme. The Sunanda Birla Foundation is sponsoring for the five persons engaged in cleaning Vrindavan. Smt. Benu Nath and Ms. Nupur Shandilya are also sponsoring one person each for this mission. Apart from the monthly pledge received from the generous personalities this programme is sustained with the local contribution received from the temple, institutions and residents of the town.