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'Garbage Cafe' in India's Ambikapur aims to reduce hunger and plastic waste

  • Published at 11:07 am July 23rd, 2019
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The city also plans to provide shelter to the homeless

A 'Garbage Cafe' is to be launched in Ambikapur, India to give free meals in exchange for plastic waste.

The cafe will be inaugurated by Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC) in 10 days at the city's primary bus stand, with an aim to provide free breakfast and lunch to the citizens, in exchange for a specific amount of plastic waste, reports The Times of India. 

The cafe will provide free breakfast to any person collecting 500gm of plastic waste, while 1kg of waste can be exchanged for a full meal.

In 2014, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the "Swachh Bharat," or "Clean India" campaign and vowed to eliminate open defecation nationwide in five years.

Under the campaign, Ambikapur was recently ranked as the second cleanest city in India after Indore, ever since the city's municipal corporation came up with several innovative ideas regarding waste disposal, such as waste segregation drives, and roads made of plastic waste.

Ajay Tirkey, Ambikapur city mayor, stated that an amount of Rs5 lakh has been allocated in the year's municipal corporation budget for the Garbage Cafe.

The budget also included plans to provide shelter to the homeless.