Garbage cafe in Chhattisgarh to provide food in exchange for plastic waste
On Wednesday, Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo brought up the curtain of a Grabage Cafe in Ambikapur, which will give out food in exchange for plastic waste.
The cafe, established in Ambikapur, which was awarded the second cleanest city in India, through this approach, will provide motivation to PM Modi’s plastic free India resolution.
"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 Singh Deo.
The idea of this cafe is that people get their plastic waste weighed and in return enjoy a warm meal.
"When I got to know about this cafe, I started collecting and storing plastic waste from my house. This is a great initiative to make the citizens aware to keep the city plastic-free. Through this initiative we can get two benefits, first, we can keep our vicinity clean and second, we can get delicious food in exchange for plastic waste," said a resident.
"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 another resident.
As per the cafe staff, many people have given their support and commended the approach initiated by the AMC, the plastic waste collected in the cafe will be sent to the Municipal Corporation for disposal.
"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. We have taken this initiative to discourage the use of plastic. We will promote this cafe to attract more citizens," Dr Ajay Tirkey, Mayor.
The cafe has been initiated by Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC).