Improper waste management and the inability to create a circular economy are among the major global challenges today. Sustainability can truly be achieved if we resolve the root causes to these problems.
How are Circular Economy and Waste Management related ?
Working of a circular economy (The European Business Review)
A Circular Economy aims towards reducing the use of raw materials and resources. It promotes recycling and reuse of waste that is already in the loop, fulfilling the purpose of saving scarce resources and reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and oceans.
In order to recycle and create upcycled waste products, households need to practice proper waste segregation.
It not only makes recycling and upcycling easier, but segregation promotes activities like composting of organic waste.
The processes of manufacturing and sale of products created out of this waste are then turned into a means of livelihood for the disadvantaged section of the society.
Waste Management and Livelihood Training in Chandivali, Mumbai
Earth5R’s Waste Management and Livelihood training program is an initiative that solves the problem of waste management, whilst creating a circular economy and providing means of livelihood to many.
Earth5R’s citizen volunteers conduct these training sessions in their area, using pictorial representation and demonstration. One such training was conducted on 22nd March, 2021 for the residents of Chandivali, Powai on Jama Masjid Road in Mumbai, India.
Earth5R citizen volunteer explaining waste segregation to the residents of Chandivali
During the session, citizens were explained the process of segregating waste into different categories and the further processing and disposal.
To increase the involvement of children in the training, Earth5R volunteers played games with them and during break, children were given a short training on waste segregation using a lot of pictures and examples.
Earth5R volunteer playing with children before training them
Training a group of children in-between of the game
Participants were also explained the process of composting and were shown a sample of properly prepared compost. The Earth5R volunteer elaborated on how the participants can create products out of the waste they segregate and further connect to the local market to sell their products.
The creation and sale of upcycled products is an element of the training that is highly enjoyed by women. It empowers and equips them with the right knowledge and skills, making them independent.
The training empowers women and gives them the confidence to start their own businesses while taking action to change the world
Through the Waste Management and Livelihood program, each Earth5R volunteer trains around 3000 families, creating an economy of Rs.4,52,87,375.
The Earth5R program is a one-stop solution to some of the biggest challenges as it reduces the amount of waste ending up in landfills and oceans, generates employment, livelihood and creates a Circular Economy.
The training equips citizens with all the basic tools required to take action and improve their own quality of life during the process. As a result, many families invest in education and healthcare due to an increase in income and financial literacy. This ensures a bright future for families and their significant contribution to the economy.
Earth5R is an environmental organization from India with its head office in Mumbai. It works with the NGO sector, Companies and helps them conduct environmental Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs across India.
– Reported by Aishani Raghav