Delhi: Learn how to turn waste into treasure at Nigam Haat

Delhi: 3 Jan, 2022 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has started a unique concept of educating people about how to convert household waste into reusable items by setting up Nigam Haat in neighbourhood parks or open spaces in residential areas.
The first such haat has become operational from 11am to 4pm on the green belt of Central Market, Feroze Gandhi Road in Lajpat Nagar. The initiative aims to promote segregation at source, home composting, use of old clothes for making shopping bags, use of recycled products, etc. People can even buy compost, enzymes and other recycled products from this place.

"We have engaged NGOs to help people understand the subject carefully and motivate them to do such tasks at home. In a day, 30-35 people are visiting the Lajpat Nagar centre," said an SDMC official.

The Lajpat Nagar centre is being operated in association with ITC's Wellbeing Out of Waste (WOW) team. They guide people to segregate garbage and use wet waste for composting at home. "People can also buy coco peat, covered buckets and enzymes from us for making the compost within 30 days," said Rohan Gupta, a WOW representative.

"Compared with home visits, setting up a centre in the middle of a commercial area is helping us reach maximum people. People are coming from Greater Kailash and other nearby areas. Some of them have already been doing home composting for a long time," said another WOW member, Neetu Singh.

Unlike WOW, other NGOs displaying products made out of recyclable products, cloth bags, etc are present only on weekends.

"We tell people simple methods to make decorative items out of plastic bags. Similarly, bottles can be used as pots for saplings and old jeans can be made into bags," said a representative of an NGO, while showing baskets, bags and other items made out of recyclable products.

Some representatives were also seen explaining the process of using flowers for making agarbatti after drying them properly.

SDMC has used old tyres painted in multiple colours to create the boundaries of the park and flower belt. A tree has been made from abandoned vehicles and various messages written on placards have been hung on it. For a selfie point, the civic body has converted an abandoned jeep into an artefact.

"We want to invite RWAs to share their success stories with others and display their products. We plan to develop more such sites in the coming days," said the official.