Realizing the importance of waste management, Rangjung community under the patronage of His Holiness Dungse Garab Rinpochhoe started a project named GNH Hut towards the end of 2017.
The project GNH Hut is a symbol of creating awareness on zero waste policy through reducing and re-using waste and keeping the environment clean. The project entails building a hut out of waste materials such as pet bottles, plastics and glasses.
A project coordinator, Yeshey Dorji said that the main reason behind the project is to communicate the idea of “zero waste policy” to the people so that the people can learn to reduce, re-use and re-cycle waste.
The students of Rangjung Central School and Rangjung Technical Training Institute are volunteering to work on the project. “The students are volunteering to provide work force for the project and their involvement in the project physically will instill the idea of zero waste policy in the minds of the younger generation,” said the coordinator.
Meanwhile, the coordinator said that the project is named GNH hut in respect of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness promulgated by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
“It is not easy to get pet bottles but as the project is for a good cause, villagers, town communities, and students are helping the project in collecting the pet bottles,” added the coordinator.
“For now we have used more than 30,000 pet bottles for the project and more than 20,000 pet bottles are still required to complete the project.”
Cheten Wangdi, a resident from Rangjung said that such initiatives help in creating awareness on the importance of waste management and that dumping and burning of waste has also minimized unlike in the past. He added that an initiative like this would also serve as a model for other communities on the techniques of reusing pet bottles and other wastes.
Another resident said that the project has proven successful by raising awareness among the people in the community about waste management. “Wastes have also decreased drastically as plastics and pet bottles are neatly stacked, recycled and reused for the project GNH hut.”
Another project coordinator, Yeshey Wangdi said that since the project is carried out by the volunteer students on weekends and free time, the project will take some more time to complete. “Collecting pet bottles in large quantity is difficult and it has also delayed the work.”
However, the project is expected to complete by the end of 2018.
Jigme Wangchen from Rangjung, T/gang