SUBJECT :The Himalayan Clean-Up (THC) aimed to bring attention to the problem of waste in the mountains was held across the Himalayan State including Sikkim on May 26. 

Gangtok, May 31, 2019: The Himalayan Clean-Up (THC) aimed to bring attention to the problem of waste in the mountains was held across the Himalayan State including Sikkim on May 26.

The clean-up comprised of a brand audit where the collected waste is sorted and counted to identify the highest pollution brands. This is aimed to push companies to undertake their extended producer responsibilities and together in making our mountains cleaner, a press release informs.

Nam Nang view point at Gangtok was chosen as the site as it is visited by tourists but frequented by the local youth. The clean-up was organized as a youth-led initiative by Pany Foundation and Redendron. The highest collected waste were PET bottles (124), chips packets (859) and cigarette packets (132). The audit works as an eye-opening exercise for volunteers as they sort through the waste and reflect upon the consumption patterns of our society, said the organizers.

Of the collected 8 sacks of water (18 kg), pnly 3 are accepted by scrap dealers of Gangtok. To dispose of the remaining waste, the team, the team searched for the nearest dustbin, so that the municipality truck could take it away. There wasn’t a single dustbin in the entire viewpoint and the nearest one was near the parking lot of Sikkim Legislative Assembly

While Sikkim is the cleanest State in India, the very are where the laws are made, lacked proper provision of effective waste management, the release mentions.

With the initiative, the team hoped that the youth have a say in the policies of the State, which would lead to a clean, green and beautiful Sikkim.


Source: Sikkim Express