Mela to make people keep city 'clean and green'

Mela to make people keep city 'clean and green'
A ‘clean and green mela’ to make people aware of such things as wa­s­te segregation, composting, the ban on plastic and its alternatives drew hundreds of participants on Sunday.

An initiative of HAL 3rd Stage Taxpayers’ and Residents’ Association and Bangalore Eco Team, the event was held at Visvesvaraya Park. The event had quite a few highlights. Among these was a session to educate apartment dwellers on a recent High Court ruling on mandatory composting for all sites measuring 2,400 sq ft and above. The residents were informed about appropriate waste management solutions.

The session was anchored by Malini Parmar, a member of Solid Waste Management Round Table, and Vasuki from Bangalore Eco Team. This was followed by a quick street session which educated citizens on the plastic ban, the list of items that are banned and their alternatives. Students of St Joseph’s College took out a plastic ban march on Thippasandra main road. “We have been carrying out drives on plastic ban in different parts of the city. We are also visiting Cubbon Park and Lalbagh every week, urging people to keep their localities clean. The response to the mela has been good,” said Brother Philip, who guides students in the drive.

A display of composting solutions for independent homes and apartments was another highlight of the programme. Waste management service providers such as Daily Dump, Shudh Labh, ITC Wow, Stonesoup, Quantum Leap among others took part in the event.

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