Hello, waste warriors

The latest edition of Kuppai Thiruvizha showcased ways to live the zero-waste life

It was a typical, sultry Sunday afternoon in the city, but the usual trickle of weekenders at Perambur’s Murasoli Maran Park had something more to look forward to. Scattered across a portion of the lawns were tents and stalls manned by enthusiastic waste warriors: young and old, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial.

Organisations from Chennai, Puducherry, Bengaluru and beyond had gathered to raise awareness about zero-waste management practices.

Organised by Kuppai Matters, a branch of the city-based Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (they call themselves CAG) Kuppai Thiruvizha — Perambur was the latest in a series of zero waste festivals across the city, with earlier editions having been held in Mylapore and Anna Nagar. In the spotlight were a number of organisations — both hyperlocal ones and those spread across cities — focussing on avenues like e-waste, bio-waste, composting solutions and alternatives to use-and-throw plastics.

“As per the solid waste management rules 2016, bulk waste producers who generate more than 100 kilograms of waste per day, are supposed to manage the waste within their premises,” says Samantha, a member of CAG. As she describes how the organisation helps schools and institutions measure and handle their waste, another volunteer on the far end of the stall explains the working of a two-tier composting device made of clay, to a mother who is clearly invested in the idea. It takes a while to convince her that the smaller unit, despite its somewhat substantial dimensions, isn’t big enough to handle the kitchen waste of a family of four.....Read more


Source web page:The Hindu

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