A detailed list is available in the attached document. Some of the highlights are:
Publications / Media
• Produced 3 minute video on Stop Landfill and uploaded to Youtube.com http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=CIxqgQMjK34
• Produced a set of 6 posters on Zero Waste Kovlam to be presented by Minister for Local Self Government at Ministers Meeting in New Delhi
• Zero Waste Railways – A study was conducted and a report was submitted to Indian Railways for better Waste Management options in Railway Stations
• Visited Aranmula Grama Panchayat to develop waste managment plan as requested by District Collector – Submitted approach paper for developing waste management. Didnt progress much since lack of interest from Local Panchayath
• Started reviving network of NGOs and Individuals working on waste related issue with an objective to resist upcoming threats from Waste to Energy projects in India.
• 5 Day Training Programme on Municipal Solid Waste Management and Extended Producer Responsibility. A training programme was organised in association with Institute of Management in Government for Secretaries of Municipalities in Kerala.
• 5 Day Training Programme on Zero Waste Rural Tourism. A training programme was organised with the support of UNDP and Government of India for NGO members engaged in implementation of Rural Tourism Projects in India.
Programmes / Meetings
• GAIA (Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives www.no-burn.org ) India Meeting on Waste to Energy. A national level 2 day meeting was organised in Thiruvananthapuram with the support of GAIA. About 50 people from 11 States participated in the discussion to form national strategy to address upcoming waste to energy issues. (2008 August 10,11)
• Helping the Local Self Governments across Kerala directly and indirectly through capacity building, guiding and developing plans for solid waste management.
• Helping Rural Tourism Sites outside Kerala to develop plans for waste management
• Zero Waste – Ongoing campaign to promote Zero Waste philosophy. Through persistent and continuous interventions, it is becoming official policy for Government of Kerala. Public Participation and Resource Recovery – the key elements of zerowaste made mandatory for Panchayaths to set up their waste management plans. Still in evolving stage and need continuous support and orientation to get it translated into ground
• Plastics – Ongoing campaign to reduce the use of plastics, especially disposable plastics. Continuous criticisms and interventions resulted in extending the scope of Plastic ban in the State. State Government also officially following – no disposable plastic events and material use. So instructions are given to the Government departments not to use disposable plastic cups, plates, plastic flags, decorations, PVC Flex boards etc in their office or programmes. Need follow up and opinion building for a better policy