Mangaluru, June 15, 2018: ’Recycleindia.org’, a unique website dedicated to waste segregation hosted by Anti Pollution Drive (APD) Foundation was launched by the newly elected MLAs D. Vedavyas Kamath and Dr. Y. Bharath Shetty in the presence of Corporator Roopa D Bangera, District Information Officer Kadar Shah and Dr Ronald Fernandes, President of Mangalore Press Club during a function held at Padua Pre University College Auditorium, Kadri Hills on Thursday, 14th June 2018. The formal launching of the website was followed by an Interfaith Harmony Meet on the occasion of Ramadan.
Briefing on the new website, founder of APD Foundation Abdullah A. Rehman said ’RECYCLEINDIA.ORG’ was developed on the basis of an award from UN-Habitat and Narotam Sekharia Foundation, Mumbai. It is based on APD’s experience gained over the past two years in aggressively undertaking awareness and behavioural change programmes regarding waste segregation in the city collaboration with Antony Waste Handling Cell for the Mangaluru City Corporation.
“Mangalore has been ranked as the best city in solid waste management under the Swacch Survekshan initiative of the central government. But in terms of waste segregation, we have hardly reached any milestone and we have much to do in the segment. Hence we have undertaken this major initiative to launch a comprehensive website for providing the correct information to the public regarding handling waste in a scientific and sustainable manner. It gives ready reference on 200+ waste materials along with connecting the people to the local recycling centres in the city. Though this website is presently Mangalore centric, in the future this website can be scaled up state wide and then nationwide. We also have larger plans to actively promote this website and introduce further verticals and features,” Abdullah A. Rehman said.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Vedavyas Kamath said, "I compliment APD Foundation for their unique website which will bring knowledge about waste segregation and keeping environment clean. Growing city of Mangaluru is generating huge quantity of solid wastes and the need for effective waste management is more important. I will do my best to help in this effort to bring awareness among citizens of Mangaluru on waste segregation, which would benefit a lot while dumping the waste at the dump yard. Let us all join together to keep our City clean and the safety of the environment".
MLA Dr Y. Bharath Shetty lauded the efforts put in by APD Foundation and urged the citizens to segregate waste (separate wet from dry waste). Corporator Ms Roopa Bangera said problem of dealing with domestic waste was faced by every household and hoped that the website would help the people by giving correct information.
The dignitaries also released APD Foundation new brochure on the occasion. Following the formal function as part of Iftar-Inter Religious Harmony get-together, snacks were distributed to every member in the audience.
Bhaskar Arasa welcomed the gathering. Students of Samvedana Home for Children rendered the prayer. Madhu Mailankody was the Master of Ceremonies for the programme and proposed the vote of thanks.