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Waste Management: Citizens Of Gujarat’s Morbi District Can Now Get Household Utilities In Exchange For Plastic Waste

Gujarat’s Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban has launched a pilot project in the district Morbi to raise awareness about waste segregation by offering household items of everyday use in exchange for plastic waste

Waste Management: Citizens Of Gujarat’s Morbi District Can Now Get Household Utilities In Exchange For Plastic Waste
Highlights
  • Morbi district generates about 2.5 tonnes of plastic waste every day
  • Over 700 kgs of plastic waste is being collected per day under the scheme
  • The plastic collected under the scheme is sent for recycling

New Delhi: In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of waste segregation among the residents of Morbi district of Gujarat and to tackle the problem of rising plastic waste, the state’s Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban has launched a pilot project under which people are encouraged to exchange plastic waste for useful household items like chairs, buckets and stool among others. According to Milind Bapna, Mission Director, Gujarat’s Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban, the pilot project which was launched on August 1 in collaboration with the Morbi Municipality, will run initially for one month. He said that on completion of the one month, the state government will be extending the project to three more municipalities- Mansa, Kalol and Chotila and ultimately to the whole state.

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While talking about the initiative, Mr. Bapna said that the idea behind the project is to motivate people to make waste segregation a practice and also to reduce the carbon footprints of the city. He said,

For the first time we have implemented a programme that involves, people, private plastic waste management agencies and the local government – the Morbi Municipality. With this scheme, we have set a target of achieving zero-plastic footprint in the city of Morbi. Most of the items that people are getting under this pilot project are made from the recycled plastic. We have shared a list of items with the residents which shows what items are eligible to get on submitting a certain amount of plastic waste. For example, for every 2 kgs of plastic pouches like milk packets, the person will get a plastic bucket and on submitting 4 kgs of plastic bottle waste, people can take a plastic chair in exchange.

Mr. Bapana further said that the project has been receiving a good response from the residents and over 700 kgs of plastic waste is being collected every day at the three collection centres set up by Morbi Municipality.

Kajal, a 33-year-old Advocate and a resident of Ward 12 of Morbi, said to NDTV,

The initiative started by the Municipality under the Swachh Bharat Mission is an important step towards making the city free from plastic. There is no doubt that plastic has taken up a major proportion of our day-to-day activities and it is the high time to change this habit. With this initiative, at least in my home and neighbourhood, now people have started storing plastic waste separately and wait till the collect a substantial quantity to exchange it with something more useful. Even single-use plastic items like milk packets that are always thrown away can be stored and exchanged for some other item.

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Ilesh Vaghela, State Project Officer (Information, Education and Communication) highlighted that along with the households, the local waste pickers are also visiting the collection centres and submitting the plastic waste collected by them in exchange of a household item. He said,

When sold to the scrap dealers, one kg of plastic waste is exchanged for Rs. 7-10 but under this project, people can get a dustpan worth Rs. 35 for the same quantity of plastic waste. Because of this, the scheme has become quite attractive for households as well as waste pickers.

Mr. Vaghela said that for implementing the project in other cities, the Swachh Bharat Mission Urban Gujarat is planning towards providing coupons for groceries instead of household utility items in exchange for plastic waste. The Mission is currently in the process of tying up with grocery stores for the same.

Mr. Vaghela also said that Morbi civic body is also raising awareness among people to segregate the household bio-medical waste like used masks and gloves, with an aim to contain the spread of COVID-19. He said that while some people have already started storing their medical waste separately, many are still not practising segregation of waste beyond dry and wet waste. The municipality has trained the waste collectors to segregate medical waste at the place of the collection itself which handed over to a private agency for treatment.

According to Mr. Vaghela, the city of Morbi produces about 90 tonnes of waste every day out of which 35 tonnes is dry waste and 55 tonnes is wet waste. The city produces about 2.5 tonnes of plastic waste every day and almost 90 tonnes of plastic waste is recycled every month, he said.

Earlier this year in February, a similar anti-plastic waste initiative was started in Dahod district of Gujarat under which a café was set up in Dahod Tehsil panchayat that provides free snacks and tea in exchange for plastic waste.

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World

24,20,23,922Cases
20,36,06,535Active
3,34,95,808Recovered
49,21,579Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,20,23,922 and 49,21,579 have died; 20,36,06,535 are active cases and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 4:33 am.

India

3,41,27,450 18,454Cases
1,78,831 733Active
3,34,95,808 17,561Recovered
4,52,811 160Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,27,450 confirmed cases including 4,52,811 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,831 and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,96,645 1,825

29,333 1,075

64,27,426 2,879

1,39,886 21

Kerala

48,79,790 11,150

83,333 2,476

47,69,373 8,592

27,084 82

Karnataka

29,84,484 462

9,103 26

29,37,405 479

37,976 9

Tamil Nadu

26,90,633 1,170

14,058 268

26,40,627 1,418

35,948 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,810 523

5,566 88

20,41,924 608

14,320 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,058 11

112 6

16,87,048 17

22,898

West Bengal

15,82,813 867

7,491 63

15,56,315 795

19,007 9

Delhi

14,39,466 25

310 12

14,14,066 37

25,090

Odisha

10,36,532 559

4,387 106

10,23,849 451

8,296 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,735 34

185 3

9,91,979 36

13,571 1

Rajasthan

9,54,393 1

38 0

9,45,401 1

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,340 14

176 9

8,16,077 22

10,087 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,709 9

82 3

7,82,104 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,116 15

133 7

7,60,934 8

10,049

Bihar

7,26,036 3

30 12

7,16,345 15

9,661

Telangana

6,69,556 191

3,968 28

6,61,646 162

3,942 1

Assam

6,07,427 308

3,610 25

5,97,859 282

5,958 1

Punjab

6,02,113 32

232 16

5,85,331 15

16,550 1

Jharkhand

3,48,486 25

142 14

3,43,209 11

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,773 8

176 1

3,36,199 6

7,398 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,299 78

800 3

3,26,070 80

4,429 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,936 110

1,394 46

2,16,815 64

3,727

Goa

1,77,706 47

597 23

1,73,755 70

3,354

Puducherry

1,27,521 42

461 29

1,25,208 71

1,852

Manipur

1,22,970 71

1,360 2

1,19,706 66

1,904 3

Mizoram

1,15,207 741

10,263 505

1,04,548 1,243

396 3

Tripura

84,351 2

95 7

83,440 9

816

Meghalaya

83,158 79

761 21

80,958 58

1,439

Chandigarh

65,312 2

24 1

64,468 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,043 12

138 7

54,625 19

280

Sikkim

31,800 17

175 6

31,232 22

393 1

Nagaland

31,659 18

255 8

30,728 10

676

Ladakh

20,886 3

34 0

20,644 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

2 2

10,670 2

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 1

7,510 1

129

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