The villages of Punjab have inadequate or no functioning waste management systems. Improper disposal of waste pollutes the environment and adversely affects the health of residents. The daily waste generated in the state is expected to rise substantially over the next decade, and if not addressed immediately, it poses a public health crisis in Punjab. 60-70% of the daily unsegregated waste is biodegradable and can be converted to compost and recycled. Instead, it is often left in unsanitary piles, clogging drains and polluting the soil and water of villages.
RGF partners with the Government of Punjab to implement a decentralized segregation model for composting and recycling for efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable waste management. The State and local governments provide 70-75% of the project cost in subsidies, and RGF covers 20-25% of the cost. RGF’s Waste Management (WM) program aims to make villages of Punjab cleaner and healthier. Over the last three years, the Foundation has set up waste management projects in 100 villages creating as many jobs and impacting 15,000 households.
RGF’s Waste Management model partners with the Government of Punjab to provide a functioning solution to manage rural waste. RGF mobilizes and educates the local community to adopt and maintain a solid waste management system.
Continuous awareness building within communities to improve knowledge, participation, and attitudes towards sustained ecology and waste management.
Identify and involve community champions for adoption, build and maintain composting facility, set-up street cleaning, and garbage collection system.
Analyze, monitor, and continuously optimize the process, outcome, community adherence, and participation for “Zero Waste” targets.
Waste management initiative gives the community a chance to come together in creating a healthier and cleaner environment for all.
Restoring Punjab’s ecological balance through plantation drives and afforestation with indigenous plant species.
Instrumenting improvements in rural women's physical and mental outcomes by building awareness, knowledge and decision-making abilities - breaking the transgenerational cycles of bias.
Promoting economic growth through the creation of rural women alliances that in-turn encourage and empower members with support, education, and finances.
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