A panchayat in Gujarat’s Dahod district has taken a novel and unique initiative by providing free snacks and tea to those who will bring plastic waste, said an official today. The ‘plastic cafe’ has been set up in front of the Dahod tehsil panchayat as part of the Centre’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and maybe a first for the state, said NP Patanwadiya, the Deputy District Development Officer.
“It was set up two days ago with an aim to make the tribal-dominated Dahod district plastic-free. As per the scheme, those who bring in one kilogram of plastic waste will get snacks while those bringing in half that quantity will get tea,” the official said.
The women working under the Gujarat government’s ‘Sakhi Mandal’ scheme will be preparing the snacks, informed the official. According to Mr Patanwadiya, the new scheme has received a good response since it started.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ intending to make India clean and ban plastic use. The cafe has collected a sizable amount of plastic waste. After collecting the plastic waste, the cafe sent them for recycling. Once it is successful, the initiative would be spread to other areas of the district.