SWM is never a done deal. It’s always work in progress. It demands nothing less than never-dying passion and enthusiasm from you. And the epitome of these qualities is Solid Waste Managment Round Table founder member N S Ramakanth.
Between July 30 and August 21 this year, Ramakanth conducted marathon sessions for hoteliers, choultry owners and street vendor welfare associations to create awareness mainly on plastic ban and available safe alternatives. It was organised by EMPRI in collaboration with KSPCB, SWMRT and BBMP officials.
In all, 12 sessions were held at CV Raman Nagar, Pulakeshinagar, Sarvagnanagar, Shivajinagar, Hebbal, Shanthinagar, Yeshwanthpur, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, K R Puram, Mahadevapura, Yelahanka, Byatarayanapura, Bommanahalli, Bangalore South and Dasarahalli.
On all these occasions, the veteran activist spoke at length on plastic ban, the need for one such ban, the alternatives available, etc.
However, before we talk of any legislation, awareness on segregation at source, source recovery (of recyclable dry waste items) and ways of reducing waste generation at source and of course, the best way to treat or dispose of segregated waste depending on its nature and condition becomes imperative.
Keeping this in mind, Ramakanth first took the audience through the basics and dwelt over the plastic ban and how each individual can contribute to converting our immediate living environment into a plastic-free zone.
Addressing the choultry owners, Ramakanth also suggested that they invest in a steel plate and cutlery bank to reduce hazardous single-use disposables that inevitably find their way in a landfill.