Chandigarh: Moving towards Garbage Free City through conduct of Zero Waste Events, the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh supported a Zero Waste Wedding held last night at Sector 35.
Adopting the 3R principles and principles of circular economy for reducing, reusing, and recycling of waste to ensure maximum resource recovery, the event was conducted aiming at elimination of single-use plastic products under the SBM-U 2.0 to make the city “Garbage Free”.
Spearheading the mission of making Chandigarh No.1 in the country in terms of waste minimization at source, reuse and recycle of waste, the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh also conducted a ‘Zero Waste Wedding’ of Ms. Pooja D/o Mr. Ram Kumar and Mr. Mukesh s/o Sh. Sarnam Singh both residents of village Attawa, where 100% scientific processing of waste was done.
While sharing information about the initiative of conducting ‘Zero Waste Events’, Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh said that public events pose a challenge for the MCC in terms of generating substantial quantities of waste and their subsequent disposal, there is a need to ensure that going forward, all public events be conducted on “zero-waste” principles. She said that to minimize the amount of waste generation and need for their safe disposal are the major components of the zero waste events. This would be possible through use of environment friendly products/ items, easy access to toilets and waste disposal facilities at such events, she added.
She said that besides conducting all the events and functions of the Municipal Corporation, the MCC supported Zero Waste Weddings and other celebrations of the citizens.
She said that sufficient Safaikarmacharies were deployed alongwith one waste collection vehicle at the venues while water sprinkler deployed to curb dust pollution at outdoor events besides providing twin litter bins and providing gender segregated toilets/mobile toilet vans.
She said that the parameters were followed during conducting the zero waste events including:
No plastic / Flex posters was used for displaying information regarding the event. Event details was printed on eco-friendly paper material
The welcome board at the gate clearly mentioned about the Zero Waste Swachh Event
Natural flowers were used for decoration purposes which were later composted.
Access to the venue was divyang Friendly
No plastic water bottles of any size, plastic Cups was used
Water and food were served at stainless steel glasses procured from MCC bartan bhandar at the ‘Zero Waste Wedding’
No plastic cups / glasses were used anywhere in the venue. Only bio-degradable environment friendly cups were used for coffee and soft drinks were used
Hand sanitizers at the snacks counter and eating tables were placed
Reusable cutlery/ plates were used which were rented from bartan bhandar arranged by MCC at the ‘Zero Waste Wedding’.
Near food counter and throughout the venue key message “Do not Litter – Use blue dustbin for Dry waste and Green dustbin for wet Waste” was displayed
Displaybof mascot of Swachh Bharat Mission ‘Swachhman’.
Green Bins (for Wet Waste) & Blue Bin (for Dry Waste) were placed at easily accessible location throughout the venue
Gender segregated toilet placed at the entrance and all toilet seats were clean and odour free at all times alongwith availability of Water and sanitizer
She further said that robust mechanism was adopted to handle waste generated at event site. All the waste collected were periodically emptied and transported in waste collection vehicle in segregated manner.