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Education | Trashonomics

Trashonomics - A simple guide for children

Objective : The Kalika Kendra has been set up

  • To show case and demonstrate through live installations the various home and community composting methods that can be  adopted in order to promote Home , Lane and Ward Composting in all the wards of the Urban Local Body.

  • To promote good practices of waste minimisation, segregation at source that can be adopted at the home and community level .

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Milestones 

2018

SwachaGraha Kalika Kendra is a first-of-its-kind project in India, located in HSR Park, Bangalore, housing more than 20 composting models
The BBMP (ULB) has  committed to support the setting up of 7 more Learning Centres in each of the remaining zones of Bangalore

2020

Swachha Badi modelled along the lines of the SwachaGraha Kalika Kendra,HSR has been set up by the Telangana government in Siddipet.
The Government of Telangana has committed to setting up one such learning centre in each of its ULBs

2021

The  Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) of Karnataka has issued a government order with a budgetary allocation for the setting up of a kalika kendra in 31 districts of Karnataka

Activities :
The Kalika Kendra showcases

  • Composting activity with live demos through DIY and readily available solutions suitable for home composting and community in situ composting. The experience of standing next to a live composting unit and seeing, smelling  and understanding the waste to compost process is an essential part of the activity.

  • Growing sections give information and on what and how to grow alongside community managed vegetable patches . This highlights the importance of growing safe food and demonstrates the cycle of food waste to compost to soil to growing food again, thereby incentivizing the composting activity.

  • Show and tell sections provide interactive information spaces like zero waste homes, educational and learning activities

  • Schools, colleges and corporates are encouraged to participate in live demonstrations, community growing activities, workshops and day long events planned for the purpose

  • Art installations out of recycled material demonstrates the use of upcycling and reuse concepts. 

Eco Literacy and Community Engagement Program

Eco Literacy and Community Engagement Programme (ELCEP) is a learning  initiative of SWMRT, for institutions and corporates . It’s an educational  program that engages with  participants  to create  mindfulness around waste as individuals and communities ,  a way of life necessary for significant social change.

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Training Workshops - Session by the Experts

SWMRT has a line up of experts who conduct online and offline sessions on a spectrum of topics related to solid waste management and sustainable living  practices. These sessions are very popular with corporates, institutions and colleges in particular.

We have seen evidence that training key stakeholders is important for adoption and implementation of solid waste management principles. While the general public needs just awareness  and practice information, municipal staff and administration need more in-depth training. Training ensures that municipal officers are made conversant with the SWM Rules, regulatory requirements and the technical requirements.
 
Master training programs using a Training of Trainer (TOT) approach also enables creating a cadre of engaged citizens to bring about change in their ward through constructive engagement.

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Trashonomics - A Guide for Children

Though most of the work done around interventions and strategies of waste management was done with individuals and communities , it was often seen that children played an important role in bringing in acceptance for change in behaviours. However this complex yet essential subject of solid waste management and its relation with  environment, public health and sustainability is missing from textbooks.
 
In an effort to remedy this gap the Trashonomics, an SWM book as a simple guide for children was created and published by SWMRT as knowledge partner, based on its experience and learnings and supported by The Anonymous Indian Charitable Trust (TAICT).

Trashonomics  School Program recognises that children are the best changemakers
•    It is designed as a school program for middle and higher school
•    5 easy chapters are taught in 3-5 sessions
•    Holistic approach to solid waste management
•    Colourful illustrations, photos and simple language
•    Hands on activities 

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