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Bunny Dhaliwal from Chandigarh writes:

We all talk of Our City Beautiful, Chandigarh but do we know that there is a mountain of garbage which happens to be a part of The City Beautiful ?

Not very far from Punjab University, this Mountain of Dirt and Filth is called Dadumajra !

We all talk of Our City Beautiful, Chandigarh but do we know that there is a mountain of garbage which happens to be a part of The City Beautiful ?

But that’s not all! We have people living near this filth and the kind of problems they are facing are unimaginable and heart breaking. There are regular fires. The air here is toxic. The water is polluted.

Is it fair or justified that this Dump was created right next to a colony? Why? Are they not Humans? Why were they not taken into consideration? Is it because they are not the Elite of The City Beautiful ?

Warrior Moms Punjab visited the dump to investigate further and found that the RDF plant which cost crores has been lying shut since the past 2 years. We discovered that this dump site is in violation of every clause of Swacch Savrvekshan 2016. The seasonal river, cluster of villages, forest area, school, stadium, parks, dispensaries are all within a radius of 50 meters approx from the dump site. Since, then we have been writing to the MC Commissioner, Chandigarh, MP Kirron Kher and sent them our recommendations as well.

Do look for the #CleanUpDadumajra hashtag on twitter to know more about our campaign there.

Watch this film by CAG to understand how Chennai’s health is affected by the lack of a proper solid waste management plan.

Landfills are a result of non-implementation of solid waste management 2016 bye laws and therefore a complete failure on the part of authorities. Their inability to enforce segregation of waste at source is the reason that most Indian cities are struggling to manage mountains of waste.

How can we contribute to less waste?

  • Compost your kitchen waste
  • Segregate your dry waste into categories of glass, plastic wrappers, plastic bottles, newspaper, cardboard and recycle them. Google recycling vendors in your city.
  • Carry a steel water bottle, and a glass with you – keep cloth bags in your car/vehicle, keep a dabba handy for take-aways – think about how else you can reduce waste.
  • As women, we can switch to sustainable menstruation.
  • If you see garbage being burnt anywhere – whether its leaves or mixed garbage call your corporator. Find more information pertaining to Delhi here. Check if your city has an app that you can download and make complaints on.
  • Pressurize your RWA and local government to insist on segregation of garbage at source. This is the ONLY way that solid waste can be managed.

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