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Green Village Zero Rubbish Project

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The Green Village Zero Rubbish Project is a public health project that cleans up the garbage in villages and towns in India, and puts the villagers to work providing much needed income and education. The concept is to incentivize garbage pick-up at the individual level in the village, by commoditizing it, treating garbage as if it were a cash-crop. Our project employs market forces to achieve social good. We hold frequent “Cash-for-Trash Market Days” during which we receive, weigh, and sort the garbage that the villagers bring to us, much like bringing a harvest to market. We include strong educational, recycling, re-use, and composting components. GVZR has quickly given rise to a new local industry in selling and re purposing garbage. Uniquely, GVZR blends the benefits of a Public Health Program, an Environmental Program, and an Economic Development Program in one. It is Low Cost, Low Tech, and High Impact. We have experienced great early success, receiving over 35 tons of garbage in our first 38 visits. Of that material we sell about 2/3 of it to recyclers. The rest we re-purpose into amazing and beautiful items such as iPad covers, bowls, platters, rope, even clothing. Our eventual goal is to expand the project throughout the developing world.

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