Plastic Waste Management in Chiplun
Waste management is one of the biggest challenges that the whole world faces. In front of us the major challenge is to manage the menace of mountains of waste properly which is generated daily due to the increasing and mandatory use of vegetable stalks, fruit peels, leftover food to plastic bags and other items like paper, cloth, glass, paper etc. It is becoming increasingly dangerous due to the addition of chemicals and gaseous waste, which are especially generated from industrialization, and e-waste of various electronics such as radios, TVs, fridges, mobiles.
The waste management problem in the whole world is going to become very complicated and is taking a very serious turn. There are piles of garbage everywhere in the city as well as in the villages. Also, garbage-eating animals, dogs, pigs are always seen. On beaches, we always found animals such as sea turtles, fish, etc., which are trapped and dead.
Large-scale waste generation and improper management of waste have led to health problems as well as pollution of air, water and land, causing environmental degradation in many ways. Since last year, the organization has been taking various innovative initiatives in association with the Chiplun Municipal Council to create awareness and take practical steps to resolve the issue.
Over the years, awareness campaigns were conducted in Chiplun city and surrounding villages to provide information on all types of decomposable, non-corrosive and toxic waste and to involve every citizen in its management. Efforts were made to reach more and more people through lectures, film shows, distribution of leaflets, creation of notice boards, meetings of women self-help groups, meetings with residents in flats to discuss on what we should do to solve the problem of waste through our small action.
Direct waste management
Taking into account the need of garbage problem in Chiplun city and to add action to this campaign, a pilot waste management project was started in the 69 flats building "Kiran Vihar Sankul"
On a daily basis from each of the flats in the complex wet waste was collected and composting was started by dumping wet waste in the tanks constructed in the premises of the complex. In addition, the dried waste in the package was sorted into plastic, glass, cloth, paper etc. and stored there. Then for proper disposal, sorted waste was sent to the factories and concerned dealers. Initially the project was carried out by the organization for 3 months and then it was transferred to Kiran Vihar Complex and now it is running smoothly. For this innovative and first project in the city of Chiplun, the Chiplun city council has given a 5 percent discount on all flat owners in the complex as an incentive. The first project in the city of Chiplun to manage all the waste in our complex was a success.
Commencement of waste management work in the entire Chiplun city as well as in the adjoining villages:
After the success of such a project to manage all types of waste in its home premises itself, more extensive work was undertaken by the Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2021, in collaboration with Chiplun Municipal Council. The waste management work was started in the building of 156 flats 'Swar Vihar Sankul' in Chiplun city just like last year's 'Kiran Vihar Sankul'. Most of the cost of the waste management work in the complex has been borne by Dow Chemical International. Organization is making efforts to start similar work in other complexes too in the city and it is also gaining success.
While launching a joint fertilizer project for wet waste in housing complexes, the people who have separate houses have been provided with drums at nominal cost for making compost from wet waste. So far over 100 households have started composting from wet waste. The number of drums for individual compost is increasing day by day.
In today's stressful lifestyle the use of plastic is mandatory and it is a fact. Plastics do not decompose naturally, they remain in the soil for hundreds of years, deteriorating the texture of the soil and causing toxic substances to seep into the soil and pollute the soil.
Abandoned plastic gets deposited in the rivers / drains, causing you to face many animal deaths, floods. Citizens should make less use of plastic, reuse it and then recycle it without throwing it into waste. The organization has raised awareness programs and started collecting plastic from citizens from their homes / places of business.
Milk Bag Collection
Milk bags are collected from hotels and tea stalls in the city and are taken daily for recycling. These bags are given spontaneously by these business personals. Since January 2021, on an average, 10 kg milk bags from 55 places are being given for recycling every day.
It’s the first-ever innovative initiative, all types of plastics are purchased from self-help groups of citizens, traders, students, women of Chiplun city and around 16 villages and they are given coupons for every 1 kg of plastic. From the coupons collected, a lucky draw is drawn through Bhishi once a month and the winners are given incentive prizes. The plastics deposited in these bhishis are sorted at the collection center set up by the organization and given to the proper recycling company. This initiative is getting great response from all levels.
My Sustainable Corner
Under the guidance of Country President and CEO of Dow Chemical International India Mr. Chandrakant Nayak, the first-ever innovative environmental awareness initiative called ‘My Sustainable Corner’ was launched in 15 schools in rural areas.
To create an everlasting corner in our minds with environmental conservation-conscious, visionary perspectives and the idea is to combine the daily school curriculum with clean and healthy environmental activities such as waste management, air, water, land and conservation of environmental factors and an initiative has been launched to create a sustainable corner in the school as well. Under this initiative, the school was informed about the adverse effects of plastic waste. As a first step, it was decided that 3913 children from the above 15 schools would collect their home-made plastics and bring them to school. Each month, the organization will purchase these plastics from the children, and the children will be given incentive gifts and prizes, along with all plastics collected for recycling.
This initiative will reduce the amount of plastic burned at home in the village and at the same time, the plastic dumped in the village land or rivers and streams will be curbed and pollution will be avoided.
The work of waste management needs to be started mainly at the individual level and the various activities organized by the organization are gaining valuable and increasing participation of citizens, traders, school management, students, women's self help groups in urban and rural areas.
For the success of this project, Dow Chemical International India’s Plant manager and Director India Operations Sh. Subhash Mukadam, Geographic Communications Manager Sh. Ajay Nair, Manager Quality Sh. Deepak Mhatre and Coordinator HR, Admin & I.R. Shri. Vinayak Vaidya along with other officials are giving their valuable guidance and support to this project. At the same time, their employees also enthusiastically participated and supported in various programs.