BBMP officials and citizen volunteers display the polypropylene bags seized from vendors at the Lalbagh Flower Show on Sunday.


But there have been definite improvements because of designated food zones and water dispensers, say activists

Despite the civic body’s efforts to ensure an eco-friendly Republic Day Flower Show at Lalbagh, it was unable to enforce the total ban on plastic. Several vendors continue to use non-woven polypropylene (NWPP) bags in violation of the rules.

Since the start of the show on January 18, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials have seized around 25 kg of polypropylene bags from vendors. On Sunday alone, 5 kg of these bags were confiscated.

Manoranjan Hegde, BBMP's Chief Health Officer, who headed the inspection team to Lalbagh on Sunday, said, “Vendors have been warned against the use of NWPP bags. The BBMP will start penalizing offenders from Monday. Most vendors know about the ban. When they see an inspection squad, they try to hide them.”

Source: This article was originally published on The News Minute

The flower exhibition which sees a record footfall of lakhs of visitors on every Republic Day, this time achieved almost zero littering.



A sustained exercise for the last three years in reducing waste at Bengaluru’s Lalbagh has proved to be a success. The flower exhibition which sees a record footfall of lakhs of visitors on every Republic Day, this time achieved almost zero littering.

A pathway sports a clean look at the end of the flower show at Lalbagh


Source: This article was originally published on DeccanHerald

With the record-breaking footfall, the just-concluded flower show at Lalbagh also saw a turnaround in waste generation and disposal.

Authorities had taken several measures to ensure proper garbage management as Bengaluru’s premier lung space hosted the Independence Day flower show from August 9 to 18.

The Independence Day flower show at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, which began on August 9, and ended on Sunday, proved to be a big hit among the visitors.


On the last day of the flower show at Lalbagh, many citizens thronged the venue even when though it rained in Bengaluru| Shriram B N


Source : This article was originally published on New Indian Express

BENGALURU: The Independence Day flower show at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, which began on August 9, and ended on Sunday, proved to be a big hit among the visitors.

Source: This article was originally published on THE HINDU

Nearly 20 lakh natural blossoms in breathtaking variety are the stars of the flower show at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, on till August 18

“Come in with folded hands, this is a sacred kingdom of green,” reads a board in Kannada at the West Gate of Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. For people coming to the 10-day Independence Day flower show, conducted by the Horticulture Department in association with the Mysore Horticulture Society, nearly 20 lakh blossoms (cut, potted and planted on the ground) are on display until August 18.

The impact of this recreational fervor has often resulted in the generation of cliff mounts of waste, largely disposed as un-segregated.

Source: This article was originally published on DECCAN CHRONICLE

BENGALURU: Cheerful faces, energetic feet, colorful attires, and self-proclaimed portrait photographers act as an extension to the floral visual treat.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 16:01

GST(Goods and Services Tax)

October 14th, 2019, saw the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council convene in Goa, with the industry watching on with bated breath. The Indian economy hit a six-year low of 5 percent in the first quarter of the 2019 financial year. The Union Ministry hastened to launch a financial stimuli package in June 2019, while reducing the GST on consumer goods to boost domestic consumption.

Around the same time, the government was planning to ban certain single-use plastics to reduce plastic waste generation. The Prime Minister, in his Independence Day speech in August 2019, urged citizens to shun single-use plastic. A supposed watershed moment for sustainability and environmental consciousness for India, given that 60 major cities in the country generate around 25,950 tonnes of plastic waste in a day[i].

The proposed plastic ban was shelved amidst pressure from the industry and a fear of the economic slowdown. However, these GST tax rebates will create liquidity in the domestic economy and increase demand for consumer goods- meaning an increase in the quantum of waste generated. Thus, while waste management is becoming one of the biggest challenges for the government, economic policies continue to drive waste generation.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 15:06

Single Use Plastic

The 2nd of October was eagerly awaited this year, especially for all of us working in the waste management sector. To mark the 150th year of Gandhi Jayanti, the central government was expected to make a key announcement regarding banning certain Single-Use Plastic items. The government adopted the UNEP[1] definition of single-use plastics as, “…disposable plastics, commonly used for plastic packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups, and cutlery.”

Disappointingly, the much-anticipated ban did not come through. However, with the government declaring the year 2022 as a deadline to phase out single-use plastic, the writing is on the wall. A positive development is the growing, public and policy, focus on the term 'Single Use' in India. The public discourse on waste management in the country has shifted from waste recycling to waste reduction and reuse. A large majority is misguided in believing that shifting to recyclable products is enough to solve the problem of waste, while as per the established waste management hierarchy[2], recycling is placed below reduce and reuse from the overall sustainability perspective. This is because recycling is also a polluting activity, and there are technical and financial limitations on what and how much can be recycled.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:28

Saahas the winner of FICCI award

We are proud to announce that Saahas has won FICCI’s Indian Circular Economy Award 2019 under the category Not for Profit. The Indian Circular Economy Award is India’s exclusive awards program on Circular Economy with the objective to identify and reward organizations and individuals in India that have made notable contributions and brought in a change.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:27

Saahas bags 3R excellence award

Congratulations to Saahas for being the national torch-bearers!

Sahaas bagged the first prize in the 3R Excellence Awards for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the National Level Category, at the 8th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific. This award has been given for exemplary work in the area of Waste Management through 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). The award was presented at the 8th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and Pacific held from 9 to 12 April 2018, in the cleanest city of India, Indore. The 3R Awards organised jointly by MoHUA, Ministry of Environment, Japan, and the Nations Centre for Regional Development commemorates exceptional work in waste management across the country. We are glad to announce that Saahas has emerged as the winner for its inspiring work in Bangalore, Hubballi, Ballari, Chennai, and Gurugram.

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