NOIDA: HCL Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of HCL Technologies, has partnered with NOIDA Authority to strengthen the city’s waste management system and contribute to making it one of the cleanest cities in the country.
In one of the primary initiatives under the project, over 1000 dustbins were installed around NOIDA within a period of 6 months resulting in increase of garbage collection by 4000 tonnes.
To commemorate the success of this initiative, a campaign was launched in the month of February named ‘Chakachak Valentine’ which engaged with more than 64,000 residents both offline as well as online.
The campaign included installations of heart-shaped boards on several dustbins across the city with creative messaging that urged the citizens to make NOIDA their valentine and express their love by separating garbage and disposing it in the correct bins.
These dustbins, popularly known as ‘Gully Bins’ – one for plastic; food; and household medical waste, had been placed at all key locations across the city. Building community structures and systems for effective management of waste, the campaign gained strength from plogging drives that were conducted in Sector 18, 50, and 51 in the month of February.
Alok Varma, Director – Clean NOIDA said, “Our collaborative model and participation from the people have made the waste collection program a success. We aim to transform waste management in NOIDA and help the city emerge as one of the cleanest in the country. The campaign helped source local participation to a great extent.”
Clean NOIDA initiative has worked on innovative solutions to sensitize citizens and increase stakeholders’ involvement in the solid waste management system of NOIDA. Training and capacity building workshops for various stakeholders, street plays, beautification of all cleaned dumpsites through wall paintings, wall art or plantation drives have seen engagement from local residents in huge numbers.
The ‘Be Our Valentine’ campaign, in particular, aced online engagement reaching out to over 1,00,000 viewers through Instagram quizzes, polls & user-generated content around the heart installations.
This initiative aims to transform the city into a litter and waste-free region, covering all Residential Welfare Associations and urban villages. The major focus areas of the project are capacity building of relevant stakeholders, intensive behavior change campaigns, awareness drives and technological solutions.