Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

On Saturday program on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle was conducted by Saahas, an NGO working on the solid waste management along with the volunteers from a leading software company.

I was privileged to join the cause and help create awareness about the three R’s ( Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) via exhibition cum event at Forum Mall in Koramangala on Saturday. Sahaas took this opportunity to deliver strong signals/messages to general public making them aware of the principles and practices of solid waste management with some great examples working in Bangalore.

eWaste

Every year, around 500 billion (500,000,000,000) plastic bags are used worldwide. So many that over one million bags are being used every minute and they’re damaging our environment. India’s plastics consumption is one of the highest in the world. Yet, precious little has been done to recycle, re-use and dispose of plastic waste.

Less Plastic for me!

Bangalore generates 3,000 tonnes of waste everyday from households and commercial establishments. Around 50% of this waste is organic. The balance is accounted for by inorganic and hazardous waste. In the current system the overwhelming priority is to dispose waste. Bangalore does not have a landfill so this system only serves to displace waste from one end of Bangalore to another. This system is in violation of the Solid Waste Management and Handling Rules which clearly outlines the need to first manage waste at the source from where it was generated, A small portion of waste which cannot be reused or recycled is then meant to go to a landfill.

At Saahas, working towards:

• Implementation of the Solid Waste Management and Handling Rules
• Introducing regulations in the use and disposal of plastic and other household hazardous waste like batteries, light bulbs and electronic waste
• Encouraging the composting of organic waste at local level
• Strengthening the recycling industry

Wish to join the great cause; you can contact Saahas at,
#62/G, 39th Cross,
6th Main,
5th block, Jayanagar
Bangalore 560 041
Karnataka
Email: response@saahas.org
Phone: +91-080-26631456

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