It’s heartwarming to see cities across India promoting plastic waste management schemes. And joining the same initiative to make India greener is the capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar.
Notably, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has rolled out a scheme under which, anyone, who brings half a kg of plastic waste, will be served a meal.
The initiative has been launched in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the state government’s Aahar Scheme.
The same will likely prompt people to not throw but donate or collect plastic waste to exchange it for food. Any person can get himself a free meal from across state-government-run Aahar Centers in Bhubaneswar.
Speaking to ANI, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said: “This is kind of a Plastic Collection campaign, plus (provides) food security. There are a lot of people who collect plastic and there also the people who throw plastic, which creates a problem. So we thought there should be some mechanism to collect this plastic waste, where both the objectives can be achieved.
“So now anyone can go to any of the 11 Aahar Center in Bhubaneswar and by giving half a kilogram of plastic waste, they can get the meal,” Mr Chaudhary added.
The initiative is a very creative step to promote plastic waste management, which is the need of the moment. In a step to save the environment, such schemes would play a crucial role.
“BMC wants to aware the people through this that plastic may feed you, so don’t throw plastic on roads, just collect it and get food,” project manager Tarana Shayad said. “The plastic waste collected will be recycled in a proper manner,” he added.