Where Does It Go?
Waste is a looming problem that threatens to poison every aspect of our lives from the air we breathe to the water we drink, and the soil we rely on. We consume without a thought, carelessly discarding our possessions, never pausing to consider the fate of our trash. But where does it all go? The city of Gurgaon alone sends out 220 truckloads of garbage every day, and our landfills are teetering on the brink of collapse.
The “Where Does it Go?” initiative by iamgurgaon in partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon and Artpilgrim Live thus aims at raising awareness around the mounting problem of waste and its impact on our lives. The initiative recognised that art could be an effective medium to communicate this message and inspire change. Led by renowned artist Arunkumar HG, a group of twelve local artists collected waste from residential complexes and schools and using it to create a series of immersive installations.
The “Where Does it Go?” initiative was a collaboration between the government, civil society, and corporate entities, with Boston Scientific sponsoring the programme and SAAF, NAMO, and Artpilgrim Live joining forces to make it a success. However, creating awareness and inspiring a desire for change was not enough. To truly make a difference, a space was needed where individuals could access the knowledge and resources necessary to make sustainable choices. Thus, Samadhaan Hub, a one-stop shop for all things sustainability, entered the picture.
Samadhaan Hub empowers individuals to take action by providing a variety of platforms for learning and engagement. The information area features exhibits on waste and practical steps that can be taken to reduce it. The upaaygiri space hosts interactive workshops on waste segregation and management. The interactive zone offers a fun and engaging way to learn about sustainability through special events hosted by iamgurgaon and the MCG.
As a part of this initiative, iamgurgaon also set up waste recycling units that enables residents to recycle different kinds of waste (paper, plastic, metal, e-waste, glass) to mitigate unnecessary dumping and further environmental damage through accumulation. The waste is donated and segregated on site.
Greenobin uses paper waste to make stationery items, the proceeds of which are used to educate underprivileged children. Soft plastic waste goes to Avacayam who make gifts that are sold to provide a livelihood to craftsmen while hard plastics are reused in the making of roads. NAMO ensures that repairable e-waste goes through asset refurbishment and non-repairable e-waste is dismantled so that various parts of devices can be reused. Additionally, expired medicines are incarcerated by Max Hospital and non-expired medicines are donated to the underprivileged with the help of various NGOs.