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Campaign against waste under way in Kovalam

Special Correspondent

Focus on converting tourism industry discards



TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT: A coconut shell artefact made from discards.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: `Thanal', a public interest research and action group, has launched a week-long campaign in Kovalam for promoting innovative and eco-friendly solutions in connection with the observance of the `Global day of action against waste and incineration' on September 6.

An interactive seminar on managing discards in the tourism sector was held on the first day with the participation of hoteliers and women entrepreneurs. The experiences of the locals in terms of resource recovery and employment generation were shared.

Director of Thanal C. Jayakumar said that by and large, the response from the hoteliers to the NGO's `zero waste' programme was encouraging. During the past three years, the programme had been able to create 100 jobs in making paper bags, coconut shell artefacts and cushions, curtains, wall hangings and so on, from tailor discards.

The campaign against waste, now in its fourth year, is coordinated by the Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance, a non-profit network of public interest groups and individuals working together for waste management solutions.

Meanwhile, Thanal has urged the Corporation authorities to set up decentralised and non-toxic systems for managing waste, as high-tech solutions such as landfills and centralised mixed waste handling facilities will only end up polluting land, air and drinking water in the long run.

Coordinator of the `zero waste' programme Shibu K. Nair said the experience from the Vilappilsala garbage treatment plant showed that centralised and mixed waste management was bound to fail.

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