Kohima, November 19 (MExN): A workshop on ‘ZEROing our Wastes’ organized by Youth Action for Rural Development (YARD) with support from Department of Tourism will be held on November 21 at LCS conference hall, Kohima.
Highlighting the background of the workshop, YARD in a press release said that with the ever increasing population and urbanization, management of wastes has emerged as a huge challenge in the country. Till recently, concerns over wastes were on grounds of public health, environment, public expenditure and politics. But now, waste as an issue has grown into another dimension because of its direct relation to climate change, it pointed out.
“Currently, our solution to wastes management is to create, collect and dump. As experiences across the country and the world show that, management is a challenge because of generation beyond management capacity. The challenge of managing wastes is left mostly to ‘collect and throw/dump’ in and around the area and for the Municipal to collect for dumping,” said YARD.
Stating that landfills are not the solution nor does it have the capacity and technology to function as desired, YARD said there are ways in which each and every citizen, including tourists, can contribute in reducing wastes generation.
Thus, the concept of ‘Zero Waste’ comes to focus with the practice of ‘create no wastes’, it added. The Zero Waste Mantra focuses on Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Refuse for non-biodegradable and biodegradable items.