Hardaspur: The Mohali-based RoundGlass Foundation commemorated the successful installation of 100 waste management projects at an event in the village of Hardaspur near Patiala. The aim of the event was to bring together and congratulate the sarpanches, waste pickers and members of young village clubs who worked with the Foundation to set up and manage these waste management facilities in 100 villages.
Sandeep Hans (IAS), Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, addressed and congratulated the sarpanches. Three sarpanches were selected to share their experience of working with the Foundation on this project. The event was held in compliance with all COVID-19 protocols.
Speaking on occasion, Sandeep Hans, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala, said: âThis is indeed an important step in our journey to create a cleaner and more sustainable Punjab through sustainable and efficient waste management systems. The best thing about the RoundGlass Foundation waste management program is community involvement – the team mobilizes and educates the local community to adopt and maintain solid waste management systems, ensuring their participation in the cleanup of their villages.
Venkatesh ‘Venky’ Raghavendra, strategic advisor to the Foundation, said, âWe aim to reach all villages in Punjab and engage with the community on the importance of waste management and proper waste disposal. Our efforts have created jobs, reduced stress on village landfills and helped clean up local water bodies. Our commitment to create a cleaner and healthier Punjab and to enable holistic life of well-being for its people, in line with our mission, has only grown stronger with the establishment of our 100th waste management facility. .
RoundGlass Foundation transforms the villages of Punjab and helps people to live better. The Foundation is partnering with the government of Punjab to implement a decentralized model of segregation for composting and recycling for efficient, profitable and sustainable waste management. State and local governments provide 70-75% of the cost of the project in the form of grants and the Foundation covers 20-25% of the cost.
Over the past three years, the Foundation has implemented waste management projects in 100 villages, creating as many jobs and impacting 15,000 households. The projects cover 14 districts, including Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Ludhiana, Mohali, Mansa, Rupnagar, Bathinda, Moga, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr.
In addition to setting up a waste management facility in each village, the program appoints door-to-door waste collectors who are trained to collect household waste on a daily basis. The team also organizes workshops to make residents aware of the importance of sorting and waste management. In addition, it helps to clean up villages and rejuvenate local bodies of water with a view to preserving the environment. Since the implementation of the program, villages have transformed waste into more than 100 tonnes of compost available to farmers.
It is the only waste management initiative of this scale in Punjab, spread over 14 districts and impacting 15,000 households across villages.
The event also featured a film titled âWomen Building a Cleaner Punjabâ on the waste management program directed by internationally acclaimed director Gurvinder Singh, known for his award-winning national projects Anhe Ghore Da Daan, Chauthi Koot and Khanaur, between others.
India RSE I November 26, 2021