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Odisha: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation's 'Meal for Plastic' Programme Launched

16 December 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday launched the 'Meal for Plastic' programme from Kalpana Aahar centre. The programme entails a meal for anyone who brings a kilogram of used polythene bags, plastic bottles and cups, officials said, adding, it is being carried out under the State government’s ‘Aahar’ scheme.

The civic body has collaborated with UNDP and Touchstone Foundation for the purpose. As part of the collaboration, representative of Touchstone Foundation at Aahar will maintain date wise register of Aahar Kendras, amount of plastic deposited and name and contact number as well as signature of the depositors.

Municipal Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said the citizen-centric initiative is a strategy to facilitate collection of household plastic from the city. The UNDP will collect the plastic from the Aahaar Centres on a weekly basis or whenever the bins are filled. The plastic deposited will be weighed to match the number of meals exchanged and then transported for its disposal.

"This is a part of 'Mu Safaiwala' campaign. In exchange for half kilogram plastic people will get one Aahar meal for free. We have collaborated with UNDP and Coca Cola. All Aahar centres will have this facility in Bhubaneswar," Chaudhary added.

Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Commissioner, BMC

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