Ramakanth holds 12 marathon SWM sessions for choultry & street vendors assn

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Veteran SWM activist N S Ramakanth holding an awareness session at Hebbal on 21st August. Choultry owners, members from street vendors associations were present.

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. Continue reading “Ramakanth holds 12 marathon SWM sessions for choultry & street vendors assn”

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Do not leave out waste-pickers from Karnataka’s waste management bylaws

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With the Directorate of Municipal Administration, Karnataka, leaving out the waste-pickers who have been the backbone of everything to do with solid waste management thus far in its draft of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Model Solid Waste Management Bylaws-2018 released on the 10/07/2018, here’s the feedback from Solid Waste Management Round Table (SWMRT) which has raised its objections to the same. 

Our submission is to also consider the same feedback for the draft Karnataka Municipalities Solid Waste Management Bylaws 2018 as well. Continue reading “Do not leave out waste-pickers from Karnataka’s waste management bylaws”

How to “Beat plastic pollution?” Bengaluru gynaecologists show the way!

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It was either steel, glass or melamine-coated plates, spoons, etc., at the 5-day CME meet held in Bengaluru recently.

Three hundred-plus doctors out on a 5-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) meet took up the challenge to make the conference completely eco-friendly. Here’s how.

There were many questions in the beginning though. The ones that nagged the most were: Is it really possible to have an eco-friendly conference? Will it be feasible? Will we be able to ensure a meet which is smart and clean? And will it be pocket-friendly as much as it is eco-friendly? Continue reading “How to “Beat plastic pollution?” Bengaluru gynaecologists show the way!”

HSR activists turn night-time vigilante groups to stop garbage dumping

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Concerned citizens busy keeping a tight vigil at night in HSR Layout to prevent irresponsible people from dumping mixed waste in street corners indiscriminately at odd hours.

This used to be a common sight in HSR: BBMP workers standing in knee-deep mixed waste and loading the autos even as they segregated and picked up anything recyclable. These workers’ hands and feet would often be cut by glass shards, infected by hazardous waste. This would force them to skip work often. Mounds of mixed waste filled the landfills day after day, contaminating the soil and affecting the lives of the people living nearby. Empathy towards these people brought together volunteers with a common purpose: to reduce our waste going for landfilling. Ward 174 (HSR) and Ward 173 (Jakkasandra) having active volunteer groups showed to the rest of Bangalore that with citizen participation, we can achieve the impossible. Continue reading “HSR activists turn night-time vigilante groups to stop garbage dumping”

Dharavi: Why not make the invisible, visible?

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“Mumbai is a crowd. Dharavi, with people oozing out of every crack and countless quarters of artisans and small industries, is often referred to as the throbbing heart of the city” –  V.S. Naipaul

By Pinky Chandran

Born and brought up in Bombay, like other Mumbaikars, I took Dharavi for granted. It was a place that one just passed by, either in disdain or disgust. Stories of the Underworld and mafia dominated the narratives of Dharavi. It was the go-to place for people who came to Mumbai with dreams of a better life, but chose to stay there or the surrounding areas for the cheaper rentals. Continue reading “Dharavi: Why not make the invisible, visible?”