Disclaimer: Originally published in July 2019. It is being republished since it still remains an interesting topic till today.
Ambikapur, a city in Chhattisgarh has come up with India’s first ‘garbage cafe’, an innovative idea that could provide a solution for both the global issue of Climate Change as well as the rising case of poverty in the country.
What is it?
Garbage Cafe, as the name suggests, would offer free food to rag pickers in exchange for plastic waste.
For 1 kg of plastic waste, the cafe would provide a full day meal while for 500 grams of plastic waste, they’d be given a substantial breakfast.
It is India’s first such scheme and has been designed specially to solve the problem of hunger and plastic waste disposal simultaneously.
Apart from this, the authorities have thought of providing free shelter to the homeless and downtrodden.
The Municipal Corporation of the city, the birth givers of this wonderful and one-of-a-kind idea, has also come up with several other schemes that would tackle issues of waste management and waste disposal in the city.
A part of the Swachh Bharat Abhyaan
The garbage cafe scheme has been linked to the government’s cleanliness campaign- Swachh Bharat Abhyaan.
It has been provided with a budget of 5 lakh rupees by the Municipal Corporation and will work from the city’s main bus stand.
After Indore, Ambikapur has been ranked the second cleanest city of India. It has already taken mammoth steps to curb plastic use and is home to the state’s first road made out of 8 lakh plastic granules and asphalt.
Big congratulations to the state government for coming up with this idea which, if executed in the right manner, could solve the twin problems of plastic waste disposal as well as the rising case of hunger and poverty in the country.
Here’s hoping that the city of Ambikapur will act as beacon of inspiration for others as well and that, they will soon follow suit.
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