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[Thematic Report] Zero waste

by Dalima Thapa | 20-09-2021 12:25 recommendations 0

As many of us are already aware, zero-waste is the process of eliminating all trash, especially single use plastic, from everyday life. The first ever principle of zero-waste is to reduce purchasing as only when you buy less, you use less.
According to a study, India produces 26,000 tons of plastic waste every day and 9,490,000 tons a year; making it the 15th biggest plastic polluter globally. We can often see discarded plastic waste littering country roads, rivers and forming impromptu garbage dumps.
However in India there are still many people using metal tiffin boxes to hold food and snacks; there are tea stalls where tea is served in glass cups on the street; fruits and vegetables are bought at markets and put into cloth bags; rice,dried fruits, and many other things are sold in bulk on the street in many parts of the country.
Even though these methods of reducing plastic are still present, however the use of plastic is still extremely prevalent and is a major problem faced by the country. 
Hence, zero-waste is important. Starting from the individual choices, only then the consumption of plastic waste can be reduced. We see the transition from using disposable plastic water bottles to using reusable bottles that can be refilled many times. Around the world, many women have turned to reusable sanitary napkins instead of disposable ones and people are buying things in bulk to reduce waste because the way we consume and purchase products has a big impact on the amount of waste we produce. 
The government also has taken steps to ban single use plastic from being used. I'm glad to see that a town called "Titabor" in my state "Assam" has become Assam's first "zero waste town" by revolutionizing management of solid waste. It has also set up the state’s first bio-mining project to completely recover the dumpsite and work towards 100 percent waste processing.
We know zero waste cannot be achieved in a day and so a step by step process is what can bring us success. Hoping to see a complete zero waste India in the near future.

Here is the link to an article of some organisations in India working towards zero waste management

https://homegrown.co.in/article/804107/zero-waste-organisations-6-indian-initiatives-tackling-waste-management-creatively
 

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4 Comments

Dalima Thapa

  • Dalima Thapa says :
    Thank you mentor Hannah!
    Posted 25-09-2021 02:18

Hannah Mentor

  • Hannah Mentor says :
    Hello Dalima, this is your mentor Hannah.
    Well written article on zero waste movement in India!
    I was especially impressed by zero waste town and biomining project.
    Thank you for your great article and please keep up with your wonderful work :)
    Posted 24-09-2021 16:14

Dalima Thapa

  • Dalima Thapa says :
    The step to a complete zero waste country, starts with it's individuals. So as a citizen of India, it becomes my responsibility too. I'll be taking my first step to going zero waste lifestyle starting from my home itself.
    Thank you mentor Joon for your insightful comment.
    Posted 20-09-2021 14:38

Joon Mentor

  • Joon Mentor says :
    Hello Dalima,
    this is your mentor Joon

    Everyone knows we should reduce plastic, however due to its
    convenient nature and productivity, it is hard to get rid of it
    at once. We should slowly, and partially reduce the use step
    by step with government and organizations' active campaigns.
    That is why country government set a village, town, or city to set
    as a test bench. In India's case, "Titabor" would be such.
    However, the most important element for going plastic free is
    individual contribution. Adequate level of awareness and understanding
    about purpose of the campaign is required among people in daily life to
    go 100 per cent free. As a member of society, I am also taking part of
    actions to raise awareness of such campaigns. Why don't you give it a try?

    Well read your article, and let's keep up.

    Sincerely,

    Joon
    Posted 20-09-2021 14:21

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