Dibrugarh district adopts zero waste lifestyle

Avik Chakraborty

Dibrugarh district administration adopted zero waste lifestyle from waste to resources. Zero waste household concept is an initiative by Dibrugarh district administration to minimize municipal waste to convert waste to resources.
Stepping towards a Zero Waste Dibrugarh, Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha formally launched “Adopt Zero Waste lifestyle” an orientation cum awareness programme in Dibrugarh on September 28, 2019.
Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesigns of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or ocean. Currently, only 9 % of plastic is actually recycled. In Zero waste system, material will be reused until optimum level of consumption.
“Adopt Zero Waste lifestyle” is an initiative taken by Dibrugarh district administration in association with PHED to minimize municipal waste and to convert waste to resource.
In this connection, a meeting was held at the conference hall of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dibrugarh in the presence of Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan, District Development Commissioner Sanjoy Dutta, and Superintendent of Police Gautam Bora among others.
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha highlighted the importance of the “Adopt Zero Waste lifestyle” programme in reducing municipal waste by converting waste to resource.
Jha said, “The quantum of municipal solid waste generated in Dibrugarh is estimated to be 50-60 metric tons per day. Out of which 75%-80% is biodegradable and 20%-25% is non-biodegradable waste. We can segregate household waste as source and produce compost out of the waste. But we mix all biodegradable and non- biodegradable waste and it enhances the volume of municipal waste. By this orientation cum awareness programme, we want to make people aware of the ways that leads to a zero waste lifestyle”.
“It is like a consultancy service. Whoever wants to adopt zero waste lifestyle they may contact us through whats app no 60004-04251 or mail us at phedibzerowaste@gmail.com Dibrugarh. The District Solid Waste Management team constituted by District administration and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) for providing counseling on methods to manage waste at household level will visit their home as per their convenience,” Deputy Commissioner added.
In the meeting PHED Executive Engineer Bhaskarjyoti Sarma also elaborated the methods of producing organic compost by using biodegradable waste at household level and developing rooftop kitchen/ flower garden.

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