Meghalaya sets a fine example for Waste Management at NH7 Weekender!
While most of the waste in India end up in garbage dumping grounds or are burnt, buried and dumped on vacant lands, the management at NH7 Weekender in Meghalaya set a wonderful example by managing, recycling and composting around 7800+ kilos of waste generated in the 2-day festival. This was almost 80% of the total garbage generated during the festival.
What was more amazing was that the festival mandated the use of compostable plates and cutlery at the venue. All food vendors happily obliged and avoided the use of disposable plastic/Styrofoam plates that are non-recyclable.
Skrap, a waste management company based out of Mumbai, managed the entire waste management system. They trained the local folks to ensure segregation between wet and dry garbage which was then disposed off in a proper manner.
The plates and cutleries, made from Areca leaf, fruit and vegetable peels and food scraps, were composted by the team. These will convert into compost over the next few months, nourishing the soil.
It's really heartening to see a group of people taking the lead on managing trash. With large music festivals like Bacardi NH7 Weekender responsibly carrying out their events, it is about time that garbage management becomes the norm for all public events!