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Yes, you read correct, Chhattisgarh got its 1st ‘Garbage Café’ for Ragpickers and homeless people. At this cafe, give the plastic waste and get a meal in return. So, the criteria are for 1 kg of waste you will get Full Meal and for 500grms of waste, you will get Breakfast. This is simple as “GIVE AND GET”. The collected plastic will be used for the construction of roads.

This is a unique solution to solve the two major problems:

  1. Hunger Problem
  2. Plastic Waste Problem

To solve these two problems at the same time, Ambikapur, a small city located in Chattisgarh’s Surguja district came up with this distinct idea of opening garbage café for ragpickers and the homeless people. Besides providing them food, there is a plan of sheltering them to approx., 100 people in the city (homeless people).

Now, the question arises, how this cafe is running? So, As per Mayor Ajay Tirkey, this café will run from the city’s main bus stand budget. The municipal authorities have already collected Rs 5.5 lakhs for this cause, and if suppose the funds run out, then, there is a proposal to get elected representatives (MLAs and MPs) to dip into their MPLAD or MLACDS funds.

This cafe was got inaugurated on the 1st of August. As mentioned above this scheme was started majorly for two reasons:

  • Firstly, to overcome the growing rise of plastic waste in the country, particularly the carry bags, which has become a serious problem.
  • Second, there are around 100 homeless families in which many are old people, children for whom they want to provide meals.

Utilizing plastic particles and asphalt, the city already has a road constructed with excessive plastic waste in the Godpur area. This scheme is one of the part of the cleanliness campaign. Under the Central government’s scheme of Swachh Survekshan 2019 rankings, Ambikapur was declared as India’s second cleanest city, following by Indore, Madhya Pradesh, jumping from 15th place from last year. Interestingly, the city doesn’t have any dumping sites. Apart from this, they have filled a 15-acre landfill into a ‘Sanitation Awareness Park’ with trees and ponds in the year 2016.

As per reports, This year(2019) the city has received a 5-star rating of ‘Garbage Free Cities.’ The Rating is basically based on the SMART Framework – Single metric, Measurable, Achievable, Rigorous verification mechanism and Targeted towards outcomes.

Like in the US, this city also came up with a 100% door-to-door trash collection service. With the efforts of the IAS officer and former collector of Surguja district, Ritu Sain has bough the city this far.

As per Times of India reports “Recyclable, organic and non-recyclable items are packed separately after segregation and sent to the central treasury for tertiary segregation of plastics, metal and electronic items and are then sold as raw materials for recycling to manufacturers, the administration has tied up wit. Organic waste is fed to cattle, ducks, and hens at the centers while other remains are used in the biogas digester and composting. Inorganic waste has 17 categories and several subcategories of paper, plastic, electric goods, etc. that are sold for recycling to manufacturers at Ambikapur,”.

If the following scheme implementation goes well, then this will not only strengthen the city’s robust waste management system but also sets an example in the country.


Source: The Better India