An audit account released by city based waste managment service Wastewinn Foundation has reported a significant decline in the fireworks waste this Diwali over last year. The audit conducted across 2,200 flats falling between Thazhambur and Kelambakkam on OMR, repoerted 1,347kg waste generated of which 20% is recyclable."Last year, our audit conducted across 1,200 households on this belt showed 1,250 kg of waste was generated. This year the same number of households have only generated about 650kg. The supreme Court directive this year allowing only low-emission fire crackers seems to have made a difference.
While plastic waste generated from setting off fireworks is negligible, only about 25% of the overall waste collected after the audit has been recyclable. "While paper and metal waste can be send to recyclers, plastic and other packing containing chemicals cannot be recycled and have to be sent to lanffills. This is still not Sustainable for the environment and through the course of these audits. We want to create awarness and further reduce bursting firecrackers during Diwali in the coming year.