In continuation of zero waste project being implemented in the two wards in Udaipur, ICLEI South Asia organised a small focus group discussion (Jan Sabha) in both the wards. The meeting was focused to raise awareness and sensitise women towards the importance of waste segregation and its impact on the environment and public health, especially children.
Women from colonies like Manoharpura and Devali locality from ward no. 1 and Kishanpole Bida and Khanjipir from ward no. 41 attended the Jan Sabha and discussed about various impacts of open dumping on environment, health and hygiene.
Mr. Bhupandra Salodia from ICLEI South Asia discussed the importance of source segregation and how it helps to improve the entire chain of waste management thereby also improving environment. Women were made aware of how segregation of waste at source improves the opportunity to recycle the waste by using the wet waste for composting biogas and dry recyclables to generate revenue.
Unscientific disposal of waste and open dumping has posed serious challenges to the city. Open dumping of waste creates nuisance, contaminates groundwater and serves as breeding ground for many diseases thus impacting public health.
Segregation of waste at household level reduces the amount of waste that needs to be dumped, hence reducing the demand for land. Jan Sabha helped in interactive discussion with women and sensitising them towards sustainable waste management practices.