A whopping Rs. 65,000 was earned from selling dry waste in Swaraj Dweep Gram Panchayat (GP) in Prothrapur Block of South Andaman District in Andaman and Nicobar Islands recently, an income that is an indication of their journey from waste to wealth.
Earlier, the Directorate of Rural Development, PRIs and ULBs had finalized the process of collection, transportation, segregation, and processing of dry waste in rural areas of the A&N Islands through the identification of an authorized recycler. The objective of the exercise was to convert waste to wealth, according to media reports.
More than 18,000 kgs of dry waste comprising of bailed plastic and cardboard, among others had been collected to be handed over to the recycler. This has enabled them to earn an income of Rs. 65,000.
It is common knowledge that proper management of waste is important to build a sustainable and livable atmosphere, in the Islands as in other places.
With a view to ensuring scientific management of solid waste, the Directorate of RD, PRIs and ULBs had earlier set up 26 solid waste management clusters covering 70 Gram Panchayats where dry waste was further segregated and bailed using the bailing machine.
As for the wet waste, households were encouraged to take up household level composting. The resulting compost was to be used in their kitchen gardens.
The Directorate is keen to achieve the goal of Zero Waste Islands and make all the Islands ODF Plus, as stipulated in the Guidelines issued by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India.