The state of Chattisgarh has come up with a unique solution to solve two of the most pressing issues that are being faced by our country right now, namely, hunger and plastic waste.
The MCD of Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, a city which is home to about 200,000 people has launched a 'Garbage Cafe', which offers free meals to homeless people and ragpickers in exchange for plastic or any kind of waste.The Municipal Cooperation has its math in place for this particular food scheme. Every one kilo of trash earns the provider a full meal, while 500 grams gets you a free breakfast.
Funds to the tune of ₹ 550,000 have been dedicated by authorities towards the cafe. Such cafes have been popular in the US, Europe and Cambodia in the past, but this is the first time such a plan has been implemented in India. Moreover, India plans to stand-out by building roads using the plastic collected through this scheme. The city has already constructed roads using 800,000 bags of plastic waste in it’s Godpur area.
Ambikapur is rated as the second cleanest city in India according to the Swachh Survekshan 2019 ( Indore comes in at first place). This innovative idea is a clear indication of the amount of thought and effort being dedicated to keeping the city clean. Other states and cities in India stand to learn from Chhattisgarh’s initiative which is a step in the right direction when it comes to environmentally friendly and humanitarian schemes being implemented in our country.