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Now, Exchange Your Garbage for Food Coupons in Maharashtra

A garbage collector looks for recyclable waste at a dumping ground at the outskirts of southeastern province of Diyarbakir, Turkey. (REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File)

A garbage collector looks for recyclable waste at a dumping ground at the outskirts of southeastern province of Diyarbakir, Turkey. (REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File)

The scheme has been introduced as part of KDMC's zero garbage policy, said an official from the waste management department of the civic body here in Maharashtra.

In a bid to encourage citizens towards proper disposal of plastic waste, the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation here has introduced a scheme of giving food coupons to people on collection of 5 kg of such waste. The scheme has been introduced as part of KDMC’s zero garbage policy, said an official from the waste management department of the civic body here in Maharashtra.

“Since many years, the town has been facing the garbage menace. We have been trying several measures to address the issue," he said. “As part of the latest initiative, we have appealed to citizens to collect their plastic waste. If they give 5 kg of plastic waste at a collection centre, they will in return get a coupon for ‘poli-bhaji’ (chapati-vegetables) worth Rs 30," he said.

The garbage collection centres have been planned at various places in the KDMC limits, including markets, he said. The town generates tonnes of plastic waste every day and civic authorities have roped in private agencies for the waste management, he said.

“Our aim is to make Kalyan-Dombivli a zero waste city and to make it a model for the entire country," he added..

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first published:December 20, 2020, 15:15 IST