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“Give and let live” – The Hindu Article on Joy of Giving Week in Pondicherry

Bhupi Maru with "Joy of Giving Week" posters

Bhupi Maru with "Joy of Giving Week" posters

… Joy of Giving Week in Puducherry promises to be one mass coordinated effort involving the entire town. Sample this: over 90 schools, 30 colleges, 20 stores, 10 restaurants, 45 industries, 15 clubs and organizations, and a couple of banks and hospitals have pledged their support to the campaign. A few government departments are chipping in as well.The credit for all this goes to Shuddham, an NGO working towards solid waste management in the town, and CAOS (Creative Art of Souls) Apparels, an environment conscious export company, who have taken up this cause of giving in Puducherry…

The Hindu, in its Metro Plus Pondicherry section of the 26 September 2009 issue details the incredible support by the citizens of Pondicherry for GiveIndia’s Joy of Giving Week which starts today and goes until 3 October 2009.

Please click here for the full article.

To volunteer, please contact Shuddham at: 0413 – 2214868 or email: joyofgiving.pondy@gmail.com

To drop off usable items listed in this article, or in the previous post, please visit:

C.Dakchana Moorthy Chettiar Kalyana Nilayam
59, Eswaran Dharmaraja Koil Street
Near Nallam Clinic
Pondicherry – 605 001

Hours of operation:  8:30am to 8:30pm, 27-30 September 2009.

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Battery Recycling Program

Shuddham Wants Your Batteries

Shuddham Wants Your Batteries

Used batteries are hazardous waste.  They contain toxic heavy metals that end up in the waste stream.  In humid conditions or when thrown into dumping grounds or landfills, the battery casings corrode and the metals may contaminate the ground water.  When incinerated, the toxics are released into the atmosphere, and the incinerator ash is contaminated.

The two most common battery types disposed of in Pondicherry are alkaline and zinc chloride, each type making up about 50% of the 23 types of batteries collected so far at Shuddham.  These batteries contain mercury, which can cause brain and nervous system damage to humans.

There is currently no safe handling or recycling of batteries or portable e-waste in Pondicherry.  In order to take one hazardous stream of toxic waste out of the system, Shuddham is collecting used batteries to be sent for recyling.  Shuddham has set up collection points at retail outlets located in the Raj Bhavan ward of Pondicherry, such as Grinde R. Sridharan and Bon Appetit, as well as at the Lycee Francais, the French Instutute and Creative Art of Souls.

Once Shuddham has collected a ton of batteries, they will have it sent to E-Parisaraa, an e-waste recycling company in Bangalore.  At the moment, E-Parisaraa is also collecting batteries.  Once they have sufficient volume, they will either send it abroad for recycling or set up a processing facility in India.

What can you do?

  1. Reduce.  Limit the number of battery-operated instruments, appliances and tools you use.
  2. Reuse.  Purchase rechargeable batteries.  The best option is nickel metal hydride batteries that contain no toxic heavy metals.  Other batteries, including nickel cadmium and rechargeable alkalide batteries, still contain toxic metals such as cadmium and mercury.
  3. Recycle.  In Pondicherry, you can drop off your used batteries at one of the collection centers mentioned above.  Or, start your own collection box.