Environmental News from Mumbai, India:
Location: Mithi River, BKC, Mumbai.
Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22, is a reminder to protect the Environment, restore damaged Ecosystems, and live a more Sustainable Lifestyle.
Every year on Earth Day, Earth5R organizes a Waste Cleanup activity near Endangered Rivers and Low-Income Communities. These Activities help train locals from the community and allow citizens to Volunteer with Earth5R. On Earth Day, 2022, the Cleanup activity commenced near Bail Bazar, Kurla, Mumbai.
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This Earth Day, Earth5R identified the location as the most vulnerable community affected by Climate Catastrophe and Waste Accumulation. The Community residing near Bail Bazar, Mithi River vicinity, is notoriously known for its waste accumulation problem.
The community cleanup was organized to improve the area’s condition and train the community on waste management habits and techniques.
Waste Cleanup Activity started with the training of Volunteering participants from FIFC, Embassy REIT group.
Training included the importance of Waste Cleanups, Waste recycling, and Community Engagement. Scientific methods of Waste Segregation were discussed, and the recycling procedure was explained.
The participants were trained on the importance of Earth day and Volunteering activities like engagement with the community and how to interact and train them.
After training, the participants were provided with Safety Gear and Bin Bags. As the activity commenced, four designated participants were collecting recyclable items.
The rest were cleaning up all the Refuse Waste from the area.
The main goal of the activity was to communicate with the residents to keep their locality clean and Segregate Waste properly. This is why it was essential to collect the refuse waste, as it leaves an important message about Clean and Healthy surroundings.
Another activity that followed was the Community participation Activity, where kids from the locality were questioned on waste management.
Since the kids already knew about Waste Management, we helped them explain the importance of Waste Segregation and Management to their community.
After the activity concluded, the Recyclable Material was given to the local Ragpickers, and it was sent for recycling.
Approximately 110kgs of total waste was collected as part of the drive, out of which 26 kgs were sent for recycling or reuse – including 7 kgs of mixed plastic, 3 kgs of packaging material (LDPE/MLP), 6 kgs of organic waste, and other reusable items such as clothes and shoes.
After interacting with the community, Embassy REIT has decided to install wet, dry, and hazardous bins in the Bail Bazar Community, adjacent to Mithi River.
To read more about such activities, please visit https://earth5r.org