We are glad to let you know that we now have 78 trashcans in operation in the following parts of Dhaka:
We have also completed the "mapping" that is studying all the areas of Dhaka city and dividing all of it into 16 phases under each of which certain roads will be covered for setting up trashcans. As estimate of 815 trashcans need to be placed in all over Dhaka in total, in 16 phases. We have just completed Phase 2. The total amount of funding required for the whole project has been estimated to be USD 96,556. Therefore please continue to support us, donating more funds, and spreading the word. In the mean time we are planning for our Phase 3.
We are happy to inform you that the initiation of trashcan setup has begun. 10 trashcans were set up in the Gulshan Avenue between September to October. They were made according to the finalized design and chained to poles to prevent theft. Dhaka City Corporation, the government body, we are working with, has been regularly emptying the trash while Green Channel is responsible for the maintenance of the trashcans. We also held an anti-littering campaign, where about 200 volunteers participated to make the pedestrians and the general public more aware of the setup and to promote environmental friendliness. We have had many good responses through this campaign. Some people appreciated the initiative, some expressed their pessimism for any change. But the overall result has been good. People have been using the trash cans regularly and the streets are a lot cleaner. Our volunteers did a clean up in the surrpunding area and also went around to the closest local shops, informing them of the setup and we hear, the bins have been quite helpful and useful for these local shoppkeepers and street vendors as well. The initiation was a success. Now we are planning on gradually expanding it to all of North Dhaka first and then to South Dhaka. The master plan is to cover all of Dhaka City.
Thank you all for the support. This project has shown a lot of promise and I am indeed very eager to see a litter free Dhaka city sometime soon. So keep supporting us, spreading the word to friends and family and keep using the bins to keep the city clean.
After a lot of research, planning and designing, we finally have our trashcans ready that we are initially planning to set up in one of the main streets of Dhaka. If succesfully after a week long awareness program with volunteers informing passers by about this installing and through social media, news channels and radio, we hope to expand this installation to the rest of the local area and then to the rest of Dhaka. The trashcans are made up of steel (for durability), 3 and a half feet high in size and will be chained to poles to ensure security (even trashcans get stole in Bangladesh).
Now that we have completed the first three stages of our project:
1. Education through workshops
2. Field work (lake clean up)
3. Innovation and mentorship
we will take a step forward and begin to take follow up actions. We will be installing permanent trashcans in the streets of Dhaka (starting with Gulshan), with the permission and support of the Gulshan society (which had been granted last summer). We look forward to not just put up these trashcans but also to create awareness among the citizens there so that littering can be stopped and more people begin to use these trash cans. Once successful with the couple of streets in Gulshan, we will expand out work to other parts of Dhaka.
At present we are also doing some research to find out why the lakes of Dhaka are so polluted. What might be a solution? How is the sewage system organized? (we heard somethings like the sewage system actually opens up into some of the laskes of Dhaka) and that a project that was undertaken to stop this has been halted. We will be contacting WASA (Water Supply and Sewage Authority) and figure out if we, the youth can help in an effective way, to re-start this project or undertake a project by ourselves to bring out a solution.
Second stage of EnviOutcomes Team's project Mission Cleanation
Date: 15.10.2011 [Spreading Awareness]
The EnviOutcomes Team hit the roads in Gulshan and Dhanmondi to spread awareness among the general people about the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Many appreciated the concept and listened while some frowned and walked away. However they succeeded in educating many and spreading the idea of becoming more environmentally friendly. They also handed over stickers of the 3R's (Recycle, Reduce, Reuse) to restaurants nearby and talked to both the servers and customers.Date: 05.11.11 [Main Event of Collection and Separation]
At this point the team collected plastics, papers, and other recyclable materials from restaurants, homes and the streets. After a day-long search through Dhanmondi, Lalmatia, Banani, Gulshan, they loaded the trucks with the misplaced trash collected, along with the garbage from the schools where they had provided bins earlier to teach kids about waste management. On the way newspapers were collected from homes and neighborhoods. After separation of the waste materials, the loaded trucks were sent to store-houses of the recyclable plastics, papers etc. from where they were sent to their factories outside Dhaka or Bangladesh to be recycled.
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