How about a ‘green’ or ‘zero waste’ wedding in the City of Palaces? Well, Mysuru, one of the country’s ‘Swachh’ cities, has taken a step forward in developing a concept that drastically cuts down the use of plastic and bulk waste generation, and help in easing the pressure on waste management bodies.
Mysuru has so far witnessed seven such weddings that were by and large “plastic-free”. The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), which is promoting the concept with support from the district administration, has formally certified them as “green weddings” for having complied with etiquettes.
Environment-friendly weddings are now catching up fast with the MCC constituting a core team of consultants for assisting families in putting up a green wedding right from the planning stage till its execution.
In one such wedding recently, which was attended by about 6,000 guests, the total waste generated was less than 50 kg. This became possible with the use of steel plates and steel cups instead of plantain leaves and paper cups or water bottles. A step further, saplings were given to the guests instead of customary ‘tamboola’ to drive home a message on expanding the greenery.
As each wedding generates tonnes of waste, the quantum of waste generated in the wedding halls can be radically reduced by way of green weddings, according to the MCC.
Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, MCC Commissioner Shilpa Nag and MCC Health Officer D.G. Nagaraj personally attended one such wedding and handed over a certificate to the newly-married couple, acknowledging their concern towards the environment and keeping the city dirt-free. Ms. Shilpa Nag said the concept is gaining popularity with people volunteering to take the “green” way to tie the knot. Whoever conducts the green wedding, shunning plastic use, and reducing bulk waste generation, is awarded with a ‘Green Wedding Certificate’ to certify their “environment-friendly” initiative.
“The idea is simple – reduce waste generation to almost zero by going for the alternatives like steel plates and cups instead of plantain leaves and bottles. This will end bulk waste generation to a large extent, easing pressure on the MCC which handles solid waste management,” said Ms. Nag.
Need not be simple
The Commissioner said a green wedding need not be a simple one as families can celebrate the occasion as per their choice, following some guidelines.
Flower decorators cannot use any plastic material, laying emphasis on biodegradable and organic materials, she said, adding that the leftover food is distributed among the orphanages here by an NGO that has tied-up with the MCC for the purpose. Ms. Nag said hand-made invitation cards, organic detergents for washing steel plates and cups for reusing the waste water, and cloth bags are in the offing to further endorse green weddings.