Mao village to celebrate “Dustbin Less Drive” annually


IMPHAL | Dec 19: In order to promote cleanliness and a waste free environment, a village in Manipur’s Senapati district declared to celebrate “Dustbin Less Drive Festival” on December 16 every year.

Formally launching the Dustbin Less Drive Festival by buying all the dry waste- such as papers, plastics, sweet wrappers, all kinds of bottles, unused shoes, clothes etc generated within the village at Rs 20per kilogram, for proper disposal, the Kaibi village authority has taken a decision in this regard on Saturday.

Thus the village authority buys a total of around 8000 kilograms of mixed dry waste generated in the village and deposited at the village land before it was transported to an isolated location for further disposal.

The authority of the village which is presently exploring other (future) plans, has spent around Rs 1,80,000 (including transport and labour cost) in taking up the initiative from their budget.

Secretary Pukeho Athishu of Kaibi village authority when contacted said that they take up this initiative so that we do not requir any dustbins in our village. The idea is to educate the villagers so that the village can keep clean, he felt.

The new way of campaign cum initiative was taken up in the village as part of the national wide Swatch Bharat campaign.

Kaibi is village inhabited by Mao community and it is located about 100 km north of Imphal having around 500 houses and a population of about 3000.

Athishu also informed that they’ve no immediate plan as of now. But they’re trying to relocate the waste at an isolated and safe place for further disposal. The village authority is planning to approach the district authority and state administration to support the initiative for a sustainable waste management.

Manipur generates around 178 tonnes of solid waste on daily basis, according to official reports. But there is no scientific way of disposing the waste in almost all the hill towns and villages.

Source: Imphal Free Press


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