PUNE, INDIA: Launched in 2017, TEFF’s Suhana Farms is addressing the waste management issue in India by spreading awareness on the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling, and up-cycling waste.
Due to rapid urbanisation and increasing population, we are seeing a lot of domestic, chemical, and industrial waste being generated across the country. This waste, when left untreated, can lead to many problems, including the spread of harmful diseases. According to a recent study by civil digital, India produces around 42 million tonnes of waste annually, and the per capita waste is increasing by 1.3 percent per annum. The key to efficient waste management is to ensure its segregation at the source - either through recycling, minimisation, or proper disposal. To address this issue, The Eco Factory Foundation (TEFF), an NGO founded by Anand Chordia in 2016, created the country’s first-ever waste management park called Suhana Farms, Yawat near Pune.
It aims to make citizens aware about the importance of proper waste disposal for a clean, green, and sustainable future. Today, a number of institutes and organisations across the nation have tied up with TEFF to ensure effective waste management. These include SNDT College of Home Science, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Iskcon Temple, Katraj, Pune, and IIT Tirupati to name a few. A green park Suhana Farms mainly focusses on spreading awareness on the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling, and up-cycling waste. The team met a number of scientists and did a lot of research before setting up the park. The park was built to provide information on an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle to both the rural and urban sectors.It also brings together different methodologies invented and utilised by various NGOs, and showcases them on a single platform. It offers informative videos and hands-on activities to help visitors grasp concepts better.
I always believed waste is wealth and we need to do something to manage it. We should utilise it to create something better out of it; and this will also prevent us from dumping waste in communities or burn it. I decided to come up with a plan, and do a thorough audit to see how much waste we are generating, and if there is e-waste, plastic waste, biodegradable waste, how best do we segregate it. I wanted to see how much we produce, what we produce, when we produce, and how best we can provide solutions, says Anand.
Source: Your Story