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 Segregating Waste Can Give You Free Wi-fi For 45 Minutes! 

Date of Publish - Thursday, 8th February 2018

Rekarmate founded by Chanakya Basa and Mani Kanth is bringing two prominent national campaigns Swachh Bharat and Digital India onto a single platform through our wifi-bin campaign.

Problem :

Out of 62 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste generated by India’s urban population, only 25% of it is processed and the rest is dumped in the landfills.

The landfills emit inflammable methane into the air, which is a greenhouse gas and can be explosive. Furthermore, the heavy metals present in e-waste such as lead, cadmium, chromium and zinc seep into groundwater, making it hazardous to the residents and other surroundings.

Segregation:

The reason most of the waste ends up in landfills is because we do not segregate it. 

Households often mix kitchen waste with discarded paper, plastic, glass and other hazardous e-waste. Thus, the task of managing this mixed waste is a lot more challenging for the municipal government

Rag picking:

Due to staggering poverty rag picking is rampant in our country. More than 1.5 million people earn their living by working in trash. Their work includes picking waste, segregating it, cleaning it, dismantling it, transporting it and trading it.

As they work without the protection of gloves or safety mask they are vulnerable to numerous infections and diseases.

Child Labour:

Our disregard toward waste management has further resulted in fostering child labour, as we often see children collecting recyclable waste at the landfills.

In India there are over 4.5 lakh child workers in the age group of 10-14 engaged in e-waste activities. They work without any protection or safeguards in various yards and recycling workshops.

E-waste:

India generates around 5 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of e-waste. Only of 4% of this e-waste gets recycled. Over 95 per cent of e-waste generated is managed by the unorganized sector and scrap dealers in this market, who dismantle and burn the disposed products instead of recycling it.

Burning of e-waste is highly toxic as it consists of heavy metals. Thus it not only puts the lives of rag pickers at risk, but also the lives of the households in the vicinity.

How does Rekarmate work?

Turn on your phone and connect to Rekarmate. A web browser opens.

Now identify the waste.

Green: Only food waste;

Blue: All other waste.

Drop it in the designated bin.

Enter the four digit code displayed on the bin, on the web portal in your phone.

VOILA! Enjoy your access to internet

 

Author:
Rahila

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