GTK holds interactive session on waste management

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/22/2019 12:12:40 PM IST

An interactive session on the issue of management of wastes and plastic pollution was organised by Green Team Kohima (GTK) under the 100 Days Smart City Challenge supported by Kohima Smart City on July 20. 

Representatives of NSF, ASU, KVSU and KBYF attended the interaction programme and presented their views on the pollution caused by the wastes and plastic. 
CEO of Kohima Smart City Development Ltd (KSCDL), Kovi Meyase welcomed the participants and said that the youth and students bodies have accessibility to the biggest population group and the power to impact the change in a big way. 
Maintaining that young people were generally passionate and full of smart ideas, he invited them to envision and come up with workable plans and suggestions which can be implemented for a Smarter Kohima City. 
Thangi Manen founder of Green Team Kohima, gave a presentation on the menace of irresponsible use of single use plastics and effective waste management and challenged the members present to take up proactive initiatives.
The group deliberated on the ban imposed on selected items by the State government and discussed the need for individual and collective responsibility towards a successful implementation of the ban. 
During the interaction, how the citizens can respond to the ban and not dwelling on “what is the alternative” were highlighted. 
The participants also discussed on how the youth organizations and units can take up initiatives on management of wastes by reducing single use plastics in their respective units/environment. Some activities that can be taken up in collaboration with the Smart City initiative were identified such as - any events, programmes or festivals. The possibility of youths taking up initiatives for making paper bags or promote bio degradable bags was also discussed.
The meeting was chaired by Kekhrienuo Meyase of GTK. The meeting concluded with the decision to have another round of meeting on August 22 to draw a concrete workable action plan.
Meanwhile, as part of the 100 days Smart City special initiative campaign on sanitation, the Kohima Smart City Development Ltd in collaboration with Green Team Kohima, organised a training programme for volunteers and coordinators on waste management and plastic pollution on July 18 at KMC Hall. 
The training focussed on how the wastes generated can be better managed from the household level. The coordinators and volunteers were oriented on the importance of reducing wastes as well as take up composting at the locality level. 
The training also deliberated on how each colony can monitor the activities carried out by the community. 
The coordinators and volunteers have been given the task to mentor the colony groups, who will be interested to take up composting of wet wastes. 70 participants from all 19 wards of Kohima town attended the training.
The participants were also taken to the Solid Waste Management site at Lerie as part of the training programme.

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