Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo on Wednesday inaugurated a ‘Garbage Cafe’ in Ambikapur, which will provide food free of cost in exchange for plastic waste.
This move is a step towards a clean environment and making awareness among people of curbing plastic use.
This year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Speech announced that India would be made free of single-use plastic (SUP).
Plastic materials up to 51 microns are banned, says Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2016.
“I am so proud of this unique idea and initiative, taken by AMC. The entire nation took several measures and steps to discourage using Single-use plastic on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. But AMC took such an innovative step to keep the city plastic-free, I feel so good. This initiative has achieved support on the national and international level,” said Deo.
The tagline of the ‘Garbage Cafe’ is, ‘More the waste better the taste’.
“I brought half a kilogram of plastic waste and got delicious food here. I think this is a great step taken by AMC. The food quality is also very satisfactory,” said a resident.
The Garbage Cafe has been set up by AMC (Ambikapur Municipal Corporation).
The initiative by the AMC has been lauded by many and a lot of citizens have also extended their support, said the cafe staff.
According to the staff, the plastic waste coming to them is ultimately sent to the MC for disposal.
Mayor Dr Ajay Tirkey said the AMC has made headlines many times in the last five years across the country, for its steps taken to keep the city clean.
“Now, in a bid to keep the city plastic-free, we have inaugurated the Garbage Cafe where we are providing food in exchange for plastic waste,” said Ajay.