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Ambikapur:

Soon, residents of Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh will be able to get free food in exchange for plastic at a one-of-its-kind ‘Garbage Cafe’.The Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC) in Chhattisgarh is all set to make the city plastic-free with this unique initiative, NDTV reported.

It is set to open a ‘Garbage Cafe’ where poor people and rag pickers will get free food in exchange for one kilogram of plastic, while breakfast will be provided if half a kilogram of plastic is brought to the cafe, reported NDTV.

“The solid waste management of the Ambikapur Municipal Corporation was successful. We have come up with a new provision that if someone brings one kilogram of plastic, he or she will get food for free and on a half kilogram of plastic, they will get breakfast free. We have named this ‘Garbage Cafe’,” said Ambikapur Mayor Ajay Tirkey.

“Our door-to-door waste collection process is already in place. We also re-sell plastic. The initiative will become successful. In the budget, we have allocated Rs. 6 lakh for the cafe,” he added.

“Ambikapur Municipal Corporation stood at the second spot in the country in cleanliness. Under the schemes, it is proposed that rag pickers would get a free meal for one kilogram of plastic and breakfast for half-kilogram plastic. A man gets Rs. 20 in exchange of one kilogram of plastic. The scheme of Dr Raman Singh is already there which provides Rs.1 per kg grain. The initiative would fail soon,” said Janmajay Mishra, Opposition Leader in AMC.

Nivedita Pandey, a local, said, “The initiative is good. Our city will become cleaner after this.”

“Ragpickers used to give garbage to private people in exchange for money. Now, when they give plastic garbage to the government, they will get food in return. The city would become more beautiful after this,” said another Ambikapur resident, Manoj.

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