Food for Trash "More the Waste, Better the Taste"
India generates around 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste everyday but only 14,000 tonnes are collected, meaning the uncollected plastic waste gets dumped on the streets and landfills, clogs the drains or gets eaten up by cows who rummage through the bins for food. In 2018, a veterinarian in Delhi had removed 70 kg of plastic from the stomach of the cow.
Most of the Indian cities struggle towards the plastic crisis and unsegregated waste has led to an innovative project by the municipal corporation of Ambikapur, a city in the state of Chhattisgarh.
On October 2019, India's first Garbage cafe was opened to tackle plastic crises, while also providing a healthy meal to anyone who brought plastic waste in exchange for food. For example; ragpickers,students or civic minded individuals.
The cost for a full meal is one kilogram of collected plastic waste and substantial breakfast or snacks will be provided for half kilogram of collected plastic waste. This unusual payment method is in place to both encourage and raise awareness on the need to collect and remove plastic waste.
The plastic waste that has been collected by the garbage cafe will be recycled and used in the construction of plastic roads that the city had started since 2015.
One day, Yadav a ragpicker found himself sitting at a table at the Garbage Cafe over a piping hot meal that he earned for bringing in 1 kilogram of plastic waste.
The campaign is not only tackling plastic crisis but also food crisis for the poor and homeless.
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