Ambikapur, a city in Chhattisgarh, has recently set up a garbage café. The ragpickers and homeless people are encouraged to avail meals in exchange for plastic waste there. This waste then goes towards the construction of roads.
Chhattisgarh: In a country where an exponentially increasing amount of plastic waste and hunger are major problems, the Chhattisgarh government has come up with an innovative plan to battle both. Ambikapur, a small town in Chhattisgarh, has recently seen the inauguration of a Garbage Café.
Working of the garbage café
This café plans to reward ragpickers and the homeless with food in exchange for the plastic waste they bring in. They would be served a complete meal when they bring in one kilo of such waste. Additionally, one needs to collect at least 500g of waste to be eligible for a substantial breakfast meal.
The municipal corporation of the city will further use this plastic waste in the construction of roads. This way, this scheme would curb plastic pollution and provide food to the poor while heavily contributing to the city’s infrastructure. If this is not a stroke of brilliance, we don’t know what is.
The city’s mayor, Mr. Ajay Tirkey, presented the municipal budget on the 15th of July in which he outlined this project’s details. The café would operate near the city’s main bus stand thus attracting a large number of ragpickers. The project has been allocated Rs. 5 lacs to begin with. In case the funds run out, there is a proposal to have the MLAs and MPs take money out of their MPLAD and MLACDS funds. Aside from this, the budget also presents the homeless with shelter.
This project is a part of the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The city has already minimized the usage of plastic products in a bid to support this. Moreover, the city has already seen the construction of a road with a mix of 8 million plastic bag granules and asphalt. This road is one of its kind in the state of Chhattisgarh.
Under the central government’s Swachh Survekshan rankings 2019, Ambikapur was declared the second cleanliest city of India, right behind Indore, MP.
With such an innovative idea and a noble motive, the city of Ambikapur is leaving a strong legacy.