3-day zero garbage fest remains a hit, visitors vow to opt segregation

By Times Of India on 21 Nov 2017
Navi Mumbai: Residents returned with amazing experience from the three-day long mega exhibition tagged 'Zero Garbage Fest' at Kamothe pertaining to segregation of kitchen waste and process of composting which was organized by the solid waste management wing of Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) from November 17 to 19 in an attempt to see the city garbage free and find a mention among top ten cities in the nation-wide Swachh Survekshan drive beginning from January 4, 2018.

Visitors were all agog demanding more such exhibitions in their neighbourhood which will educate people to follow simple tips to convert kitchen waste into compost and reduce the menace of dumping and health related issues plagued by many.

Speaking to TOI, Mangal Kamble, head of Swachh Kharghar Manch, who visited the expo said, "It happened to be a fantastic concept to connect the people with the cleanliness campaign promulgated by the civic body under the leadership of PCMC commissioner Dr Sudhakar Shinde. It was a must watch site which I could not afford to miss. We can replicate the knowledge gained from the expo in our society to be featured in the zero garbage league."

The exhibition had everything from segregation system of wet and dry waste to composting process and use of compost for gardening and other purpose to fall in the line of zero garbage slogans given by the corporation. "The expo was incredible which I have never experienced such an event in the past. We got our money's worth visiting the venue, thus learning the entire process of converting kitchen waste to organic compost. We will certainly opt for composting," said Bhawana Gupta, a visitor.

According to PCMC chief Dr Sudhakar Shinde, "To find the city in one of the cleanliest cities in the county we first imposed a blanket ban on use of plastic irrespective of its microns. Now before enforcing the directive of not picking the garbage from societies where segregation of dry and wet waste norm is not adhered to from December 1, we arranged the exhibition to teach people the methods in order to achieve the tag of zero garbage. The response has been encouraging."