Plastic-Free Village Kura Meepur through UDGI Foundation
Project Description: Plastic-Free Village Kura Meepur through UDGI Foundation
Project Lead: UDGI Foundation
Project Location: Kura Meepur village, Moradabad Division, Uttar Pradesh, India
Project Duration: 12 months (renewable based on progress and outcomes)
Plastic pollution has become a major environmental and health concern in India, with rural areas facing significant challenges due to limited waste management infrastructure and awareness. Kura Meepur village, located in Moradabad Division, is no exception. The village grapples with plastic waste accumulation in agricultural fields, water bodies, and streets, posing threats to soil health, aquatic life, and community health.
The project aims to transform Kura Meepur village into a plastic-free model village by promoting sustainable waste management practices and eliminating single-use plastic.
- Awareness and education: Conduct workshops and awareness campaigns to educate villagers about the harmful effects of plastic pollution and alternative sustainable practices.
- Plastic waste reduction: Implement initiatives to reduce plastic usage at the source, such as promoting cloth bags, reusable containers, and community composting pits.
- Plastic waste collection and management: Establish an efficient plastic waste collection system through designated collection points and partnerships with waste management agencies.
- Recycling and upcycling: Introduce innovative recycling and upcycling techniques to convert plastic waste into valuable products like furniture, handicrafts, and building materials.
- Livelihood generation: Create livelihood opportunities for villagers through the production and sale of eco-friendly products made from recycled plastic.
- Sustainability and replication: Develop a village-level plastic-free model that can be replicated in other villages across the region.
- Baseline assessment: Conduct a baseline assessment to understand the current plastic waste generation, management practices, and community knowledge levels.
- Awareness campaigns: Organize workshops, street plays, and educational campaigns to raise awareness about plastic pollution and its alternatives.
- Cloth bag distribution: Distribute reusable cloth bags to encourage villagers to reduce plastic bag usage.
- Community composting: Establish community composting pits to convert organic waste into compost and reduce dependence on plastic fertilizers.
- Waste collection points: Set up designated plastic waste collection points throughout the village for efficient collection and transportation.
- Recycling and upcycling workshops: Train villagers on recycling and upcycling techniques to convert plastic waste into useful products.
- Livelihood creation: Support the establishment of micro-enterprises for the production and sale of eco-friendly products made from recycled plastic.
- Monitoring and evaluation: Regularly monitor project progress, track waste reduction and recycling rates, and conduct community surveys to measure impact and identify areas for improvement.
- Replication and knowledge sharing: Disseminate project learnings and best practices through workshops, publications, and online platforms to encourage replication in other villages.
Project Expected Outcomes:
- Significant reduction in plastic waste generation in Kura Meepur village.
- Increased awareness among villagers about the harmful effects of plastic and alternative sustainable practices.
- Improved waste management system through efficient collection, recycling, and upcycling of plastic waste.
- Creation of livelihood opportunities for villagers through eco-friendly product production.
- Development of a replicable model for plastic-free village initiatives.
- Improved environmental health and well-being of the community.
The project will be designed with sustainability in mind. Village committees will be formed to oversee project activities and ensure long-term maintenance of waste management systems and livelihood initiatives. Partnerships with local government agencies, waste management companies, and NGOs will be established to secure ongoing support and resources. The project will also focus on capacity building and knowledge sharing to empower the community to continue plastic-free practices beyond the project duration.
UDGI Foundation's Role:
UDGI Foundation will play a pivotal role in leading the project implementation, providing technical expertise, facilitating partnerships, and mobilizing resources. The foundation's experience in community development, environmental initiatives, and livelihood creation will be crucial for the project's success.
This project description serves as a starting point for the Plastic-Free Village Kura Meepur initiative. Through collaborative efforts and unwavering commitment, UDGI Foundation and the Kura Meepur community can work together to achieve a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future for the village.