Visitors Alert: We’re Going Zero Waste, and You Are Key to Our Success
Pangot is a rich but fragile eco-system. That is why you see so much here. Join us all to make Pangot Zero Waste.
The biggest challenge we have here at Pangot is plastics.And it is not just restricted to Pangot. It reaches the oceans.
Here is how:
When you leave behind your plastic packaging-such as from chips, namkeens, biscuits, sachets, wet wipes, we have to find a way to dispose of it. It cannot be recycled, it cannot be composted. We have to spend money to transport it out of Pangot. It reaches Haldwani. No one can recycle it even there.
In the end, the municipality collects it and dumps it. Some of it flies away and ends up in the local rivers. From there, it reaches the Ganges and then the oceans.
Plastics in the oceans is a global crisis. The UN says that if we do not stop using and throwing so much plastic, by 2050, we will have more plastics than fish in the oceans.
Did you know, that 67% of all plastics that reach the ocean are from rivers in Asia? Of these, the Ganges is the second biggest carrier of plastics, from the Himalayan waste plastic to the plastic from the plains. According to a study just released, between 1.15 and 2.41 million tonnes of plastic currently flows from the global riverine system into the oceans every year. The Chinese Yangtze River is the largest contributing catchment, with an annual input of 0.33 million tonnes of plastic discharged into the East China Sea, followed by the Ganges River with 0.12 million tonnes per year.
So, reduce the plastics you use as a tourist to Pangot. Use our packing guide.
Before you arrive, check these 6 small ways you can be the solution:
- Pack in a reusable water bottle, or flask, so you don’t need any plastic water bottles.
- Are you carrying foods like chips, namkeens, and biscuits? Their packaging cannot be recycled-can you carry food in reusable containers you can take back with you? We cannot recycle the packaging you will leave behind.
- Try our local snacks, made fresh for you, instead of chips and Kurkure, which leave a permanent footprint on the planet.
- Do you have wet-wipes? We understand. But they are woven plastic and cannot be reused. Try to avoid using them even if you bring them along.
- Take a quick look at how you are planning to pack: can you reduce the packaging for everything and pack it in boxes instead? Yes, it takes time but won’t you do it for the birds?
- Carry one or two cloth bags for anything you may buy. Don’t have any- take some from us.
- Sanitary waste is not recyclable anywhere in India. Consider carrying along cloth diapers, tampons, cloth napkins and menstrual cups to protect the planet.
IN THE LODGE:
- If you have a plastic bag you want to throw away, don’t put it in the bin, because it cannot be recycled. Take it back till Haldwani and leave it in a bin.
- Snack with us-the chips and namkeens and cookies you have are wrapped in non-recyclable plastic, which will end up in the Himalayas. Take it back.
- Planning to buy fruit, mithai, and other goodies later on? Pick up a cloth bag from us instead of taking a plastic bag from the seller.
- Borrow a water bottle from us, don’t buy a plastic water bottle.
Zero waste Pangot Drive – Updates for the month of January 2018
We have begun the trial waste collection this first week of January. A crucial Step, along with education of the locals regarding waste management and the threats of mismanagement in the long run in the region.
- Cloth Bags places at Lodges
- Visitors and Local instructed
- Instruction chart displayed
- We have initiated the Waste Pick up which will be taken to Haldwani for Recycling.
Zero waste Pangot Drive – Updates for the month of February 2018
“Near on 6 months ago, The NGO Chintan in collaboration with Japan fund for global environment (JFGE ) and supported by Asian Adventures began the Zero Waste Drive to clean the Himalayas. We began with the town of Pangot near Nainital, A town now emerging as a major destination for Birdwatchers with the variety of species of birds. It took a lot of crowdfunding, sponsors, and networking of contacts, surveys, and training sessions with the locals and spreading awareness to the tourists, and took our first steps towards a Zero Waste Pangot.
We continue with training sessions and spreading awareness to the staff of the lodges in Pangot, Baggar, and the neighboring villages.Our vision is to see the region to adapt to the zero-waste lifestyle and to spread it to the entire Himalayan region spread throughout our country.
We are now sharing our updates on our growing Facebook group to share our Zero Waste Journey of the Kumaon Himalayas, where people are encouraged to share information and ask for advice.
An awareness session being done for Lodges staff by Sunil from Chintan
Training program at Lodges of Pangot
Date of training program: Feb01, 2018
1-Benefits of source segregation of waste
2-Reduction of waste especially plastic waste
3-How to deal with biodegradable and recyclable
4-Use of EHS equipment’s during waste collection, segregation & processing
5-Importance of waste management in forest area