The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) organised a stakeholders’ workshop here on Tuesday to mark the completion of one year of the ‘Clean E-Bhubaneswar’ Programme and to showcase key activities.
About 100 institutions/organisations were felicitated for their contributions to make the project a success. Chief Secretary AP Padhi was chief guest.
“Clean E-Bhubaneswar programme has enabled collection and proper disposal of several tonnes of e-waste in a short span of time. The Housing and Urban Development Department should now include other major cities and urban centres under similar programmes to manage e-waste,” said Padhi.
Ambassador of the European Union to India Tomasz Kozlowski said, “It is impressive to see the way Bhubaneswar has progressed on wide gamut of activities, e-waste, e-vehicles, rooftop solar, etc. and cemented itself as a leading Smart City in India. The European Union’s approach to waste management is being wise with waste. I hope the EU and India continue to promote innovative mechanisms in tackling e-waste management through promoting public-private-partnership.”
Among others, BMC Commissioner Dr Krishan Kumar, OSPCB Senior Scientist Dr Dillip Kumar Behera and BMC Deputy Commissioner Srimanta Mishra were present.
The Clean E-Bhubaneswar Initiative has implemented 74 awareness activities across the city, including awareness workshops in over 35 schools and 17 colleges, reaching over 10,000 students and engaging over 175 Government and corporate bulk consumers.
The project also conducted a road show, with a door-to-door e-waste awareness and collection campaign reaching 590 households.
The E-Bhubaneswar program is being implemented by IFC under the IFC – EU Eco-Cities Programme. Presently, Bhubaneshwar has a large informal network engaged in e-waste collection and processing, which includes door-to-door collection of e-waste along with other scrap material like glass and paper by waste pickers.