Sunday, July 30, 2017

Upscaling: the new reuse formula in New Town

Swapna Bhor , New Town Kolkata

In course of our Smart and Green City journey for New Town, we have been emphasizing sustainable practices including the three R's (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle) for waste management.

Now a new dimension in being tried out: Upscaling.

In recycle, we think of crushing the waste product into its primitive form and using it again. Thus, glass recycling involves crushing bottles, melting the ground glass and shaping up again. This is quite energy and effort intensive. Upscaling means reuse without destruction, it means using the waste product innovatively not by crushing or melting but by few painting and adaptating for a different use. For example, used car tyres can be painted and mounted on poles to make colourful urban sculpture (I saw one at Santiniketan on a traffic island near a petrol pump). In Swapna Bhor, the Seniors' Park, we are painting empty cans to as hanging flower pots. We will also use used tyres for outdoor tables and benches soon. Ms Bidisha Bose, an interior wax specialist, has been helping us in this project.

Upscaled Paint Containers in Swapna Bhor

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Khabar 365 dt 30 July 2017

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