Raipur hosts India’s first garbage festival
18th January 2018 : Kachra Mahotsav, India’s first garbage festival is being organized by Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) at Raipur, Chhattisgarh from 19th to 22nd January 2018. This festival has been initiated by RMC to encourage and promote recycling and upcycling of waste that is generated in the city. The 4 day festival at RMC Garden, Chhotapara in Raipur will witness workshops, performances, exhibition and some interesting installations fostering the theme and motive of the event. Exhibitors from across India will display and sell an array of products which are organic, recycled and reprocessed from the things we label as garbage. Some of these will showcase recycled home décor products & accessories, while others will promote upcycled products made from tetra-pack, fabric, denim and glass waste. In addition, exhibitors who are known for making handmade paper products upcycled from animal dung, forest waste and cotton scrap as well as eco-friendly dustbin liners made from upcycled newspaper will also be present
Shri. Pramod Dubey,Hon’ble Mayor, Raipur said, “Icongratulate Raipur Municipal Corporation for organizing the first KachraMahotsav. The participatory, engaging and comprehensive approach of thisfestival, will not only sensitize the citizens but also empower them tocontribute their bit in safeguarding the environment. I extend my best wishesfor the successful execution of thisfestival.” Internationallyacclaimed bands, like Dharavi Rocks and Thaalavattam, who are famous for creatingcaptivating music by using instruments made of junk will also perform at Kachra Mahotsav. Variousworkshops will be conducted by prominent faces from the recycling and upcyclingindustry. The topics include, composting, home gardening, waste segregation,crafting out of waste, amongst others – that resonate well with the theme ofthe festival. These workshops will witness participation of schools and collegestudents from across the state.
Excited on hostingthe maiden festival, Shri. Rajat Bansal (IAS), Commissioner, RMC, said, “It is our continuous endeavor to helpfacilitate sustainable development and create a healthy environment for all.Keeping in sync with the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, this festival promotes theobjective of cleanliness in a distinctive way. It will provide a road map tosmart cities, on how we can creatively reduce, reuse and recycle waste.”RMCalongside its ‘SwacchtaAmbassadors’ have also been conducting ‘Kabaad Morcha’ (garbage-collection drive) for the past 1month, to collect and keep aside the waste from the city for creatinginstallations, that will be showcased during the festival. Ahead of the mainevent, this drive has witnessed overwhelming participation by the public.Students from J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai; Indira Kala Academy, Rajanandgaonamongst others will erect these interesting installations which promises toleave the audience spell bound. The promotional material such as flex, bannersand signboards that have been used for the festival have also beenreprocessed.
This festival is acontinuous effort alongside other noteworthy initiatives undertaken by RMC,some of which include ‘Toilet MyRight’ campaign, City Hygiene Awards, Swachhta App amongst others.