Food for trash anyone?
A small town in the state of Chhattisgarh has stepped up to fight plastic menace. In a novel solution to not only solve waste management but also fight hunger, Ambikapur, has set up a ‘garbage cafe’.
‘Garbage Cafe’ opened by Municipal Corporation of Ambikapur, will offer poor people and rag pickers free food in exchange for one kilogram of plastic. The cafe will give breakfast in return if 500 kg of plastic.
The plastic collected by the municipal corporation will be used to construct roads. Besides offering food, there is also a definitive plan to also provide shelter to over 100 homeless people in the city.
Using shredded plastic remains the most common technique in building greener roads. In fact, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, authorities are mandated to utilise hazardous plastic refuse for road construction. Besides recycling the waste, the combination of plastic and asphalt makes the road more durable because water does not seep into it.