The city of Ambikapur, in Chattisgarh, just launched a 'garbage café'. It is an initiative by the Municipal Corporation with an idea to provide hearty food to the homeless and poor, and all they have to do in return is give them trash which will help keep the streets clean.
There are a lot of problems in the world, and hunger and trash are two of them. How can one solve two problems at one go? A newly-opened café in India has come up with a solution to two of these problems. The city of Ambikapur, in Chattisgarh, just launched a 'garbage café'. It is an initiative by the Municipal Corporation with an idea to provide hearty food to the homeless and poor, and all they have to do in return is give them trash which will help keep the streets clean. According to New Zealand Herald, the café offers you a free meal for every kilo of trash you collect or a substantial breakfast if you collect half a kilo.
Bring Plastic Waste and Eat Full Meal at India's First Garbage Cafe in Chhattisgarh.— Khushboo (@Khush_boozing) July 18, 2019
1 kg plastic waste = full meal
500 gms waste = breakfast. Ambikapur, selected as the 2nd cleanest city after Indore, plans to use the plastic for construction of roads. https://t.co/qE5rZgVZoB
Besides offering food to those who collect and bring them trash, the café also has plans to provide shelter to over 100 homeless people in the city. Such 'garbage cafés' already exist around the world in some parts of the US, Europe, and even Cambodia. There are also many places around the world that make use of the best out of waste and construct spaces completely out of plastic, according to Vice.
Ambikapur, a town in Chhattisgarh has launched the very first ‘Garbage Cafe’ which will allow a full meal in return of plastic waste. The garbage pickers & poor people who sell garbage, don’t make enough money to have a proper meal,initiative by the Municipal Corp of Chhattisgarh— Srinivas 🇮🇳 (@ssrini2020) July 20, 2019
What sets this café in India apart is the fact that they plan to use all this plastic waste they collect to build robust roads in Ambikapur. This city is the second cleanest one in India after Indore. The city of Ambikapur already has one road made entirely out of plastic waste. It was constructed completely out of 8 lakh plastic bags and asphalt. This is not just a great way to deal with waste, but these roads are proven to last longer, too!
Kudos to Municipal Corporation, Ambikapur for springing this remarkable idea of curbing plastic waste and feeding the homeless through the country's first Garbage Cafe! Extremely proud that our Ambikapur is taking the lead in setting worthy examples for others to emulate! https://t.co/1JIWJEfh8W— TS Singh Deo (@TS_SinghDeo) July 20, 2019
These roads made out of plastic are more resistant to floods and other types of water damage. When the city's budget was presented on July 15th, Ajay Tirkey, the city's Mayor said this café would be operated out of the city’s main bus stand and that it would also be given a budget of Rs 5 lakh. While people were quite appreciative of the initiate, some said there was more work to be done.
Celeste Resler commented: India still need to do more..or indeed anything.. for their social and class disparities. Period. One user took to Twitter to comment: That’s a smart move. The plastic is worth money. Hopefully, other organizations will follow this restaurant’s pioneering example and help collect and recycle plastics. Well done! Another user added: Excellent idea. For the rag pickers, it would be a well earned full meal and using the waste for roads is a fabulous idea.
Use Geo Smith wrote: Wow, what a piece of news....hurray... Instead of cutting down the source, they are doing all gimmicks and circus. Ban the water bottles. Make them provide water in glass bottles. If Beer can be supplied in a glass bottle, then why not water? Chan Zum added: Bah it's very inspiring. But my question is why can't Govt or public ban production of plastic? Meanwhile, David Anthony Mason posted: If there is an exchange, it isn't "free" food. It is food for which the people worked.