Bengaluru, February 28: On Wednesday night, India went down to Australia by seven wickets and losing the two-match T20I home series 0-2 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium while the Karnataka State Cricket Association set new a benchmark by working towards a social cause.
As a packed 32,000 fans watched action live, the KSCA joined hands with socio-environmental enterprise firm Saahas Zero Waste (SZW) and various vendors to initiate an effective Waste Management programme during the thrilling match that witnessed Australia’s Glen Maxwell smashing a superb century.
The KSCA ensured that no disposable plastic plates or cutlery was used while serving food to the spectators. Plates made of eco-friendly material, aluminium containers with a wooden spoon and paper boxes were used to was used to serve food.
Meanwhile, Separate bins for wet and dry waste with signages were placed in the Hospitality section of the stands.
Key points from the initiative:
Caterers brought re-usable plates and compostable plates made of biodegradable corn starch
Plastic flags and promotional elements were not used much or found in the waste
Segregation of waste and awareness
In the other common areas the out SZW used the available bins for wet waste and HDPE bags to collect the dry waste separately wherever possible
Bins were manned by SZW teams in several areas, who engaged with spectators making them aware of the need for segregation
Segregation level of waste was good, in part because of the nature of the dry food served which should be encouraged in the future as well
All wet waste generated was sent to a KSPCB approved biogas plant for bio-methanation
All dry waste was segregated into multiple categories and send to recyclers
Non-recoverable waste was less than 10% and sent to its KSPCB approved authorised end destination
Waste Generated (approximate quantities) Wet waste 1 ton
Dry waste 3.3 tons
Non-recoverables 1 ton
Waste diverted from Landfill: 4700 kgs
Green House Gas emissions averted: 10.34 MT CO2
This is equivalent to: The amount of CO2 sequestered by 171 trees over 10 years
Source: WARM Tool, by US Environmental Protection Agency.