It was generated by over 1,000 delegates from 65 countries in just five days

Biodiversity is all about the variety of life on earth and how to protect it. But the ongoing global summit on this important subject has generated a variety of trash.

An incredible 9.2 tonnes of solid waste was generated during the five-day Meeting of Parties (MoP) which concluded on Friday. This huge waste was generated by over 1,000 delegates from 65 countries in just five days. It includes paper, plastic, metal, glass and food.

When the conference opened on October 1 the waste was mere 130 kg. The next day it increased to 630 kg and the third day touched 2.1 tonnes. On the fifth day when the MoP ended, a whopping 3.4 tonnes waste was generated.

Ramky Enviro Engineers, who are handling the waste produced in biodiversity event, are surprised at the sheer amount of waste produced.

No prizes for guessing how much litter will be generated during the 12 day Conference of Parties 11 (CoP) beginning on Monday.

Blue, green, red, white, terracotta bins can be seen strategically placed at the sprawling HICC and HITEX with paper, food, plastic, glass and metal waste labelled on them. A total of 20 sets are placed.

Two trucks

Ramky has deployed two managers, four supervisors and 20 house keeping staff to manage the waste. Two trucks have made as many trips to shift the waste to the GHMC dumping site at Jawaharnagar.

“All this will be recycled to reduce the impact of waste to a sustainable manner,” a Ramky official said.

Of course, the whole thing is being done according to the guidelines of Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000.

Many delegates throw away the left over food along with the paper plate in a bin. “We tell them to dispose the food in the food bin and plate in other bin,” the official said.

In fact, the multicoloured bins are intended to educate delegates and visitors alike about segregation of waste at source.

It is a proactive education that Ramky engineers have taken up to create awareness among the participants about collection, segregation and disposal of waste.

Covered by black disposable covers, the filled in bags are carried by the housekeeping staff to designated places for bulk collection through pull push 1100 litre carts at Hitex and HICC areas.

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