PRO RURAL leads a campaign for environment conservation with youth. A group of needy and vulnerable youth who are school drop outs and migrants are trained as WASTE WISE MANAGERS. They are formed into a self managing group who creates awareness on best practices of waste management in 27 wards of Dimapur City. They plan to develop their livelihood through user charges while helping in a door to door waste collection for the municipal. Here the group needs equipment and some starter fund.
Dimapur is a fast growing city of 400,000 population. Each year about 10,000 youth migrate from rural areas to the city in search of higher education and employment. Most of the job seekers end up in frustration as no suitable job could be found. On the other hand, there is no proper waste management system and the city is highly polluted with piles of garbage untouched for weeks. The Municipal Council is struggling with inadequate manpower and equipment. The youth plans a win win proposal.
Livelihood of the 90 youth trained as Waste Wise Managers will be developed through a Pay-for-Service collection from residents. Local residents will be trained in best practices of waste management by the WWM. Many families will start composting the biodegradable wastes and reuse and recycle other wastes. Garbage piles are reduced within the city, thus help reduce methane and other harmful gases. Better civic sense will be instilled in the citizens. This project can be replicated anywhere.
A good percentage of WWM are expected to become specialists in waste management and work on the issue all their lives. Their livelihood will be secured through the pay-for-service collection. Training for the residents is expected to help institutionalize best practices in waste management who imbibe the concepts of Reduce, Reuse,and Recycle, while many families will adopt Bio-Composting in their backyards. The present high level methane gas generation from garbage pile will be eliminated.