Recycling In Goa - The aim towards zero waste is closer than we think

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by Clinton Vaz on Sunday, January 19, 2014

Section
Society

Session type
Lecture

Technical level
Intermediate

Objective

Goa's a small place. Everybody knows everybody. That's how I started out my quest for solutions for my waste disposal woes back in 1999, by talking to friends and friends in law. Things turned so interesting that by 2003, I had quit my job as a mechanical engineer to pursue my obsession with waste management.

Description

Today, close to 95% of the waste in my household bin does not end up in a landfill. This is because I, along with a considerable number of eco consious Goans employ simple, effective and efficent solutions to manage our waste.

This topic will be discussed with pictures, videos, props and discussion.
Maybe I'll also invite you to visit our recycling center in South Goa. :)

Requirements

For the organizers:
A Projector

For the participants:
A notepad
A pendrive for info to share
Lots of questions on waste & related topics

Speaker bio

Clinton Vaz, aged 32, founded vRecycle Waste Management Services, a firm that helps over 4500 homes manage their waste in Goa. Clinton also has an active interest in the environment and has been working with wildlife, & environmental protection for the last fourteen years. A mechanical engineer by profession, Clinton quit his job in 2004 to follow his interests.

In 1999, he began with providing assistance to a team of young Swedish students working on an environment awareness project in Goa. This interest led to the formation of the ‘Benaulim Environment Trust’ (BET) which organizes various activities ranging from plastic waste collection to environmental education to river protection. After visiting Sweden in 2003 on a 3-month study visit on Swedish waste management he returned to Goa and helped various city municipalities and village panachayats manage their waste. He also helps individual homes, communities and schools, manage their waste.

Clinton co-runs two wildlife and environment awareness groups on the net that promote wildlife conservation and environment protection. Clinton’s ‘Save the Frog’ campaign has had significant results and has resulted in the decline of frog poaching in Goa. Besides acting as a watchdog for wildlife crime through the local media as well as direct interventions, he has assisted the Goa Forest department in snake and wild animal rescue and rehabilitation specifically with causes like snake rescue, turtle nesting and frog conservation.

Awards & Achievements
2008 Financial Grant by Goa Sudharop
2010 Verodiano Award for Environment Protection
2011 Goan Achievers Award 2010 for Environment Protection
2011 Appointed member of monitoring committee for Solid Waste Management for Govt of Goa