In­no­va­tive e- waste mod­els on dis­play at garbage gallery

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KOPAR KHAIRANE: A men­tion of gallery brings to mind an art­work ex­hi­bi­tion, with aes­thetic ex­hibits on dis­play. Giv­ing this con­cept a unique twist, NGO Stree Mukti Sang­hatana has launched “Asia’s first garbage gallery” within the premises of the NGO’s of­fice at Sec­tor 18 in Kopar Khairane.

Based on the theme ‘waste to re­source’, the gallery has on dis­play mod­els of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts cre­ated from re­cy­cled e-waste from across the city.

“This is an at­tempt to ed­u­cate peo­ple and raise aware­ness on the dis­posal of e-waste,” said Vrushali Mag­dum, founder mem­ber, Stree Mukti Sang­hatana.

“It shows how seg­re­ga­tion of waste is es­sen­tial at the source as dump­ing un­seg­re­gated waste to­gether can lead to the for­ma­tion of meth­ane gas, which is the ma­jor rea­son for re­peated fires at the Deonar dump­ing ground,” said Mag­dum, adding, “Such in­ci­dents should be pre­vented.” Mag­dum said, “We have dis­played a large cir­cle of var­i­ous sam­ples of e-waste, dry waste, med­i­cal waste be­ing car­ried by a rag picker. We have also dis­played sev­eral di­a­grams wherein we have ex­plained dif­fer­ent kinds of waste and how they are re­cy­cled for chil­dren to un­der­stand.”

The garbage gallery will be a per­ma­nent dis­play at the NGO’s premises. Its mem­bers are try­ing to set an ex­am­ple of how waste can be seg­re­gated and turned into some­thing use­ful and at­trac­tive rather than caus­ing health haz­ards.

“Our ini­tia­tive is in­tended for young­sters who can par­tic­i­pate in our cause and take charge to ed­u­cate more peo­ple in their sur­round­ings on e-waste. We have in­vited all the schools and col­leges in Navi Mum­bai to visit the gallery,” said Jy­oti Mhapsekar, pres­i­dent, Stree Mukti Sang­hatana.

PHOTOS: BACHCHAN KUMAR

Vis­i­tors at a garbage gallery which was launched at Kopar Khairane on Wed­nes­day. NGO Stree Mukti Sang­hatana’s ini­tia­tive will ed­u­cate res­i­dents.

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