Odisha: BMC Collaborates With UNDP, Launches Aahar Meal For Plastic Waste Initiative

Bhubaneswar: Swachhata drive is a collective responsibility and it an attitude to be put into action. A two way initiative of Government and public can bring an objective realized in this regard.  An initiative to address pollution issue due to plastic waste has been chalked out by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in collaboration with UNDP and Touchstone Foundation.

In order to reduce plastic waste, BMC has designed the programme of providing one Aahar Meal in exchange of half kilogram of plastic at each Aahar Centre.

The programme will be inaugurated at Kalpana Square Aahar centre on December 16 (Monday). At the same time, all Aahar centres will start the programme simultaneously. These Aahar centres are: Capital Hospital, Sum Hospital, Kalinga Hospital/Press Chawk, Nayapalli, Rasulgarh, AIIMS-1, AIIMS-2, Kalpana Square, Master Canteen City Bus stand, Baramunda and Unit-II Ashok Nagar.

The initiative being citizen-centric has the objective of ‘Meal for Plastic’ where the strategy is to facilitate collection of household plastic from the city in return of one meal.

Functionality of the programme will as following:

Aahar counters shall accept/allow only one kilogram plastic per person per day in exchange of two coupons for the same day. In case of half kg plastic, one coupon will be provided.

The representative of Touchstone Foundation at Aahar centres will maintain date-wise record through a register with location of Aahar centre, name, mobile number, amount of plastic deposited, and sign of depositor. The register will be countersigned by the representative of Touchstone Foundation.

UNDP shall collect the plastic from the Aahar centres on a weekly basis or whenever the bins are filled, whichever is earlier as intimated by the Touchstone Foundation representative working at the Aahar centres.

The plastic deposited by the public will be weighed with a variation of +/- 10% to the nearest whole number for exchange of meal.

DC (Welfare), BMC shall implement the drive ‘Meal for Plastic’ and shall execute agreement between BMC, UNDP and Touchstone Foundation.

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