ESDO has a project named “Waste to resource towards zero waste village”. Its main vision is to build a model of environmentally safe and sustainable village. It is run basically under the project of Eco-village. Prior to the commencement of the zero waste village, waste was dumped indiscriminately across the village and the fields. Aside from the environmental and health impacts of open dumping, this was also a lost opportunity for the community to benefit from their waste resources.
Based on our waste survey, up to 85% of the waste produced in Molahan village each month is organic, from kitchen scraps and agricultural waste. Therefore compost is an essential part of the zero waste villages. The program provides technical assistance to allow the villages to produce high quality compost, which they can use on their fields or kitchen gardens and the excess can be sold at market for up to 35 taka per kilogram.
Activities under Zero Waste Village Project
Benefits of the Project:
Initives of ESDO:
Solid Waste Management: Community organization: “Lahanti Foundation” [established in August 2011 and this organization runs this project under the technical and financial help of ESDO]
The community run, Zero Waste Resource Center goes beyond selling recyclable materials, by training villages to up-cycle materials for new purposes
ESDO visited village Chorkadhoho, Gurudhahpur, Natore at May 17, 2011 to initiate “Organic Farming” system.
After visiting two adult literacy school of Hatiandah ecovillage we went back Dhaka. The program was successfully compiled and ESDO took decision to establish there 4th ecovillage at Hatianda, as positive responses were found from farmers.
All of 54 farmers were presented in the meeting listened attentively the presentation and asked different question related to topic. Among the farmer immediately establishment of a “Local Library” and an “Adult Literacy School” was proposed and Dr. Hossain Shahriar, Secretary General, ESDO accept their proposal. He proposed the each present farmer to give 50 tk for their library and they agreed. Then he announced to give 2000 tk for their library.
ESDO successfully completed the meeting with farmers of Gurudashpur, Natore. Farmers were happy to know about organic farming and they are influenced to take the system. Based on farmers response ESDO team is going to open their 4th ecovillage at Gurudashpur.This achievement promotes the level of expectation. So, it is an obvious thing that ESDO team will give their best effort to do much better next time.