Mayapura, West Bengal
Here is something that is very progressive. A group of dedicated people, committed to seeing a healthier planet and protecting an eco-centric sacred place (Mayapura), are championing what they call a ‘Zero Waste’ concept.
“Clean the Dhama—Clean Your Heart!” is the motto. They established the Eco-Centre, where all waste is sorted and recycled. Putting earthworms to work for compost purposes is a good reason for breeding them, as they eat their way through and leave behind an excellent quality vermi-compost. Organic waste is not an issue then, but what about the toxic stuff? “Zero Waste” claims that things such as batteries, lamps, medicines, and other forms of chemical power are sent to other companies for disposal.
When I first came to India in 1978, there was practically no plastic. When you purchased something in the market, your goods were wrapped in a newspaper and twine was used to tie it together. On my next visit in 1986, the infiltration of plastics had taken over. Cows were found with plastic bags in their stomachs, a result of eating from waste heaps.
“Zero Waste” also provides education to inform the public about contemporary bad habits. There are many. As I mentioned in the past, people often bring their shampoos to the Ganga for their own ‘lather’ experience. That is insane! https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/clean-dham-clean-your-heart-iskcon-mayapurs-waste-management-drive/articleshow/62698958.cms
Let’s support the endeavour. God would be pleased.
May the Source be with you!