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Shillong | April 19, 2018

The importance of a sustainable living is slowly but steadily gaining momentum in the present decade and many states in India are increasingly adopting means of a sustainable lifestyle. In view of this,  the Meghalaya Research and Development Society (MegRDS) conducted a seminar and training on “Trash-to-cash: Building Community through Recycling” at Shella, East Khasi Hills. The programme was sponsored by the Government of Meghalaya under the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF), 2016-17, East Khasithrough the District Planning Office, East Khasi Hills District. Akmenroy Nongrum and Elkin Ryniaw from Bethany Society , Shillong collaborated with MegRDS for the programme.

The programme attended by youths  and womenfolk was aimed at introducing the  possibility of generating employment through recycling and to encourage the practice of the 3 Rs .Reduce, Reuse,Recycle at the household level. The importance of a comprehensive and inclusive waste management was emphasized. The methods of composting were demonstrated by Akmenroy and Elkin, who  also detailed out the marketability of organic compost. MegRDS demonstrated recycling of plastic bottles into usable ottoman, table and displayed products made from plastic bags and discarded glass bottles.

This is an ongoing effort of MegRDS to direct focus on a planned solid waste management in the fast urbanizing Meghalaya, one that benefits environment as well as provide means of livelihood to the ever growing number of unemployed youths. If one knows how to use things, they must also know how to dispose them or recycle them in the right manner.

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