From November 1-14, the Habba will feature several events across the city that highlight the importance of the three R's – reduce, reuse, recycle. With its slogan “think before you throw,” the Habba organizers hope to inform the people of Bengaluru about the urgency of managing their waste: the city currently generates 3,500 tons of garbage everyday and spends nearly Rs 402 CR per annum simply to dump that waste, rather than manage it. As a result, from soil to ground water to farmed food, vital resources are being degraded and poisoned. A simple change in mindset and behavior can substantially reduce the amount of garbage that makes its way into landfills and the city’s streets.
Jenny Pinto, Habba Curator, said: “The aim of the organizing committee of the Bengaluru Recycling Habba and all members of the SWMRT is to bring together the stakeholders of the city, namely the Government, Industry, and Civil Society, to find sustainable solutions to Bengaluru’s growing solid waste issues. We have organized the Habba in a collaborative and celebratory manner to encourage the sharing of ideas and responsibilities in an effort find a way forward and free us all from the menace of trash in the city.”
Key events of the Bengaluru Recycling Habba include:
Alternate Current November 5-13, 6.30pm onwards, Olive Beach, Wood Street Med Mosaic presents an exhibition-cum-
Mela in the Mall November 10-13: A mela in Mantri Mall, Malleshwaram featuring exhibitions on the issues and solutions of solid waste management, host stalls selling designer fashion, stationery, toys, bags, jewelry, home accessories and a lot more, all made from recycled materials. The Mall will also have hands-on craft demos, games for children, video screenings and an art installation by students of CKP.
ReFlea by Night November 9, 6:30pm - 11.30pm, Olive Beach, Wood Street: Olive Beach's ever-popular flea night is recycled as ReFlea, bringing together well-known designers to showcase a range of exciting products created by recycling plastic, tetra packs, glass, cloth, tins, waste paper, etc.
ReUse Mela November 6 and 13, from 8am, Rotary Learning Center, IV Ph Govt School, Yelahanka New Town: Bengaluru ReUse teams up with Rotary to organize an exchange mela, where people can come and exchange their unused household and personal items.
Recyclathon Awards November 1-13, citywide: Conceived and conceptualized by JGI’s Community Radio - Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz, this is a friendly awards and benchmarking tool for community recycling programs amongst schools, colleges, and corporate campuses promoting waste reduction activities. Check www.swmrt.com for the Award details and application forms.
Panel Discussion on “Extended Producer Responsibility”
Trash Trail November 9 and 11, 7am: Organized by Daily Dump, Indiranagar, this is a guided tour that follows the trail of our trash from our doorstep to the land fill and recycling market which gives rare knowledge and insight into the highs and lows of the way our city deals with waste.
Bug Workshop November 12, 11am: Conducted by Daily Dump at Mother Earth, Domlur, this workshop for kids aged 8-16 encourages them to appreciate the important role of insects in the whole cycle of garbage.
The SWMRT, organizers of the first Bengaluru Recycling Habba, comprises a group of like-minded organizations and highly skilled individuals who have been working to build awareness of and promote the adoption of best practices in waste management in Government offices, public spaces, homes, offices, industries and educational institutions across Bengaluru.
In just over two years, the SWMRT has made many significant achievements:
Find out more visit our website at www.swmrt.com or follow the Recycling Habba updates on Facebook at Bengaluru Recycling Habba 2011 and Twitter @RecyclingHabba.