The Hospice has found a staunch ally in the Rishikesh based charity organization Clean Himalaya. Clean Himalaya has already provided invaluable advice to Ganga Prem Hospice and has promised ongoing support and education in the field of waste management. At present Clean Himalaya helps the hospice to dispose of its waste on a weekly basis. GPH plans to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible, and has implemented a firm policy whereby the Hospice will never litter or pollute the nearby Ganga river or the surrounding habitat.
GPH segregates its waste at the source. Organic waste is composted but the option of a biogas system whereby kitchen waste is converted to fuel for cooking is currently being researched. The Hospice is already working with a medical waste disposal company which removes medical waste from the site. To avoid air pollution, no waste, organic or otherwise, is burnt on the site.
Sustainable Purchasing Policy
Ganga Prem Hospice backs its waste management policy with a sustainable purchasing policy and does its best to avoid the purchase of products made from non-recyclable materials. Use of plastic and disposable products is avoided as much as is possible, while efforts to reuse and recycle is given primary importance. Purchase of durable goods made by local industries and goods made from recycled materials is given precedence over cheaper and less long lasting products.
Ganga Prem Hospice uses a decentralised wastewater treatment system (DWWT) to treat wastewater and thereby protects the groundwater and the Ganga river. The Hospice works in partnership with the Centre for Science and Environment who have designed the system and who provide the technical support and carry out regular inspections. The DWWT is a natural/biological system which does not require any chemicals or electricity to treat the wastewater. The system treats black and grey wastewater for use in watering the garden.
Energy Efficiency Measures
The Ganga Prem Hospice in-patient facility has been creatively designed to reduce energy consumption and optimize the use of natural light and ventilation so that a centralized heating or cooling system will not be necessary