The Quality Assurance Cell of Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce for Women organized a presentation on Solid Waste Management on 20th August 2014. An hour long presentation – “Talking Trash” – was delivered by Mr. Sanjith Rodrigues, Commissioner, Corporation of the City of Panjim and Managing Director, Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation . The captive audience comprising of faculty, students, staff and representatives of the neighbourhood of Nuvem village were kept spellbound as Mr. Rodrigues took them through the garbage woes of Panjim city over the last decade and a half to the present, when the Commissioner and his team have vowed to create a world class city with no garbage dump. The corporation’s untiring effort at door to door garbage collection, commitment to make segregation mandatory and spreading awareness about the same was truly an eye opener.

The presentation highlighted the painstaking effort undertaken by the PanjimMuncipal Corporationat composting, compacting, recycling non biodegradable waste; plans for the future regarding the disposal of Styrofoam and e-waste and citizen friendly approach. The sometimes callous approach of citizens towards segregation; their irresponsibility in dumping household waste in the streets; the impact of tourism and the burning of plastic, paper, plastic, cloth and rubber, releasing noxious toxins into the air that we all breathe left many squirming in their seats. Every point made by the presentation was supported by facts, figures and photographs.

“Talking trash” was a wake up call to the 600 strong audience comprising primarily of the citizens of South Goa , that ‘enough is enough’. Expecting only municipalities and governments to ‘clean and green’ Goa is a myth. Unless every citizen acts responsibly we could soon literally drown in our own trash. Garbage cannot be wished away. It has to be managed. Every listener left the auditorium that morning convinced that at the very least segregation of dry garbage from kitchen waste is a small step every one could easily take. It was ironical how talking about garbage aroused a latent sense of patriotism and ‘Gauponn’ in the participants. Mr. Rodrigues left the Carmel College auditorium with the accolades and good wishes of all present for the exemplary work he is doing.