Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT) work with a number of local initiatives and programs across the world to support sustainable development and climate action. For World Environment Day (WED) 2022 we want to highlight one of our local programs on waste management; Plastic-free villages in India.
The project “Plastic Free Village” was initiated by SMT in India in partnership with Center for Environment Education (CEE), to run across five villages in Mehsana district, Gujarat. A door-to-door collection drive was launched along with awareness campaigns on waste segregation and responsible management of discarded waste. The partnership promoted the collection, segregation, and recycling of all kinds of plastic materials, to move towards a more circular economy.
The impact of the program was substantial with a positive turnout in contribution and engagement from participants of the project. The campaigns resulted in a shift in how the communities handle waste and have so far involved more than 4000 people in training and awareness activities. The new system of waste management has so far crossed 3.2 tonnes of plastic, collected, and handed over to NEPRA for recycling purposes. NEPRA Resource Management is a waste management and recycling organization committed to a ‘zero waste to landfill’ circular economy model that aims to solve India’s waste management problem.
Plastic has become one of the most pressing environmental issues India is facing today, generating about 15 million tonnes of plastic waste annually and the burden on the landfills is huge. In April 2022, the Ministry of Environment in India launched several green initiatives for Elimination of Single Use Plastic (SUP) and effective plastic waste management.
The SMT team worked in close cooperation with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) for support in implementing the Plastic Free Village program.
World Environment Day (WED)
On June 5, the United Nations's World Environment Day (WED) is marked across the globe. “Only One Earth” is the theme for World Environment Day 2022. It calls for transformative changes to policies and choices to enable cleaner, greener, and sustainable living in harmony with nature.
- 3270 Kg single use plastic collected and recycled.
- 2725 eco-friendly cloth bags and 7479 paper bags were distributed to make a shift in the habits of people.
- 65 Dry and Wet waste dustbins installed in the project villages.
- More than 4000 people trained and made aware about the types of waste.