ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Children to the Rescue in Odisha


Children are taking small steps in their own villages to address the issue of solid waste. Child committees are enforcing a ban on single-use plastics and polythene and installing dustbins for garbage dump.

The construction of toilets and bathing rooms helps in ending the practice of open defecation once and for all. However, the management of daily waste continues to be a bottleneck towards achieving total sanitation. The village communities need to realise that second-generation issues relating to water, sanitation, and hygiene trigger the demand for solutions. Solid waste in the rural context is either biodegradable or non-biodegradable. While the biodegradable waste is mostly managed as compost, it is the non-biodegradable waste that poses a challenge in rural areas. Non-biodegradable waste includes both recyclable and non-recyclable waste. It is important that communities learn to identify biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, segregate it, and set up mechanisms for its disposal to achieve a clean environment.

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