The Indian Premier League (IPL) has joined the group of zero-waste events by hosting its first Green Protocol match in Bengaluru recently. The eighth cricket match of the IPL Season 11 kicked off with the implementation of a ‘Green Protocol’ at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
The Karnataka State Cricket Association and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike are all set to turn the cricket matches held in the stadium into zero-waste green events. Typically, enormous amount of plastic and paper waste is generated after each match, which cannot be recycled and is dumped in landfills. The Green Protocol’s zero-waste concept aims to achieve one of the 3Rs of Zero Waste (reduce; reuse; recycle).
With the implementation of this zero-waste concept, the waste will not only be reduced but also routed for recycling, leaving nothing for landfill. A well-trained team of volunteers will ensure zero littering and proper waste management throughout the stadium. Separate bins kept for dry and wet waste, usage of areca leaf plates and corn starch plates instead of its plastic counterparts, and the banning of non-biodegradable wastes in the premises further this approach. The left-over food from a cricket match will be properly stored and distributed to underprivileged the following day. The remaining organic wet waste will be routed to biogas or composting plants, while the dry waste will be circulated back in the recycling chain.
Earlier in 2013, an NGO named Waste Warriors had implemented a zero-waste green protocol for a cricket match in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Volunteers of Waste Warriors took up the task of managing the waste at Dharamsala Cricket Stadium during IPL cricket matches and recycled the collected waste material.
Date: 16-04-2018 | Source: Down To Earth & Waste Warriors