Bengaluru Cycles For Composting And Safe Food

5100 individuals have pledged for segregation and composting

Press release - September 18, 2017
In the last one month, Greenpeace India campaign ‘Waste to Food’ has mobilised 5100 individuals, who have pledged to segregate and compost.

Bengaluru/ 16/09/17-  Greenpeace volunteers organised a cyclothon event called ‘Cycle of Life’ this Saturday. Nearly a 100 students from various colleges participated at the event. Students cycled across 6 kilometers near Whitefield area with a message of segregation, composting as a first step towards safe food.

 

The campaign ‘Waste to Food’ aims at getting residents of Bengaluru to segregate, compost and thereby Greenpeace India intends to advocate for a policy to ensure the relevant authorities use household compost for agricultural purposes. “Currently, we don't have a policy to ensure that the household compost reaches the farmers for agricultural purpose. The campaign focuses on urban cities and how they can help the farmers to grow food which is agro-chemical free. The city has the potential to connect the loop by composting our wet waste, which can then act as a manure for the farmers. Here we are urging people to segregate and compost the wet waste thereby helps us in advocating for a policy to connect the loop,”says Shivani Shah, Senior Campaigner for Food for Life, Greenpeace India.

 

She further adds, “Once the residents of the city segregate and compost wet waste, we will then advocate at the policy level with the relevant civic authorities to draft a policy, which ensures good quality compost reaches the farmers.”

 

To carry on this message, Greenpeace India installed a vertical garden at Phoenix MarketCity where people sowed the seeds of pot leafy veggies in a base of compost. This is an ongoing event, which was started on the 26th of August and will wrap up on the 20th of October. There are almost 3,000 pots,  each pot represents an individual’s pledge to segregate waste and compost.  

Students were an integral part of the ‘Cycle of Life’ event. Haritha. Rao. G, student from Mount Carmel College, who participated in this activity said, “I’m very happy and proud to be part of this event. I feel it is extremely important to create awareness on segregation and composting. In Bengaluru, despite having Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike rules not many follow them. The BBMP rules are not being implemented properly therefore this campaign is the need of the hour and I’m glad I could be the voice of this campaign.”

 

Students from Mount Carmel, Carmel PU, CMS Law and St Ann’s colleges students participated at the Cyclathon.



For more information visit: http://bit.ly/2vixyxF and http://bit.ly/2wIleKJ

 

Waste to Food Campaign: Link to the PR here: http://bit.ly/2wGPz9v

Vertical Garden. Garden City 2.0: Link to the PR here: http://bit.ly/2x67BF2

 

Media contacts:

 

Preethi Ravi

Media Specialist

Greenpeace India

Phone: +919880122213

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Shivani Shah

Senior Campaigner, Food For Life

Greenpeace India

Phone: +919686478775

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Karthikeyan Hemalatha

Communications Campaigner

Greenpeace India

Phone: +919176197527

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