Chhattisgarh cafe to provide food in exchange for plastic waste

Published: Jul 24, 2019, 11:26 IST | mid-day online desk

The initiative, however, drew harsh criticism from opposition parties, who claimed that the city is already clean and rag pickers will not get plastic anywhere in the city to get free food

Chhattisgarh cafe to provide food in exchange for plastic waste
Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC) to set up 'Garbage Cafe' to provide food to citizens in exchange of plastic waste. Pic/ANI

Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh): The Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC) is all set to make the city plastic-free with a first-of-its-kind 'Garbage Cafe'. The Cafe aims to provide free food for poor people and rag pickers in exchange for one kilogram of plastic, while breakfast will be provided if half a kilogram of plastic is brought to the cafe.

Ambikapur Mayor Ajay Tirkey said, "The solid waste management of the Ambikapur Municipal Corporation was successful. We have come up with a new provision that if someone brings one kilogram of plastic, he or she will get food for free and on half kilogram of plastic, they will get breakfast free. We have named this 'Garbage Cafe'. Our door-to-door waste collection process is already in place. We also re-sell plastic. The initiative will become successful. In the budget, we have allocated Rs 6 lakh for the cafe."

The initiative, however, drew harsh criticism from opposition parties, who claimed that the city is already clean and rag pickers will not get plastic anywhere in the city to get free food.

"Ambikapur Municipal Corporation stood at the second spot in the country in cleanliness. Under the schemes, it is proposed that rag picker would get a free meal for one kilogram of plastic and breakfast for half-kilogram plastic. A man gets Rs 20 in exchange of one kilogram of plastic. The scheme of Dr Raman Singh is already there which provides Rs 1 per kg grain. The initiative would fail soon," said Janmajay Mishra, Opposition Leader in AMC.

But locals are of the view that the city would become cleaner after the initiative is in place. Nivedita Pandey, a local, said, "The initiative is good. Our city will become cleaner after this."

"Ragpickers used to give garbage to private people in exchange for money. Now, when they give plastic garbage to the government, they will get food in return. The city would become more beautiful after this," said another Ambikapur resident, Manoj said.

Edited by mid-day online desk with inputs from ANI

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