Udit Singhal Named to 2020 class of Young Leaders For SDGs

Udit Singhal Named to 2020 class of Young Leaders For SDGs

   Kautilya Academy    21-09-2020

The United Nations has named an 18-year-old Indian teenager Udit Singhal in the list of 2020 Class of Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) along with 17 others.

Young leaders for SDG

The young leaders for sustainable development goal initiative is the highest profile recognition opportunity for the young people who raise their voices and make efforts to combat the most challenging issues in the world. The initiative is organized  biennially by the United Nations.

Why Udit Singhal has been selected?

The Delhi based teenager has been selected because of his Glass2Sand initiative.

Glass2sand Initiative

  • It is a zero waste ecosystem that converts glass to sand.
  • The system addresses the growing problem of glass in the national capital region.
  • This has  prevented empty glass bottles from getting dumped into the landfills.
  • The project was started in 2018.
  • The project was started because the demand for glass bottles had dropped significantly then because of their huge transportation cost and large storage areas. So, these glass bottles started accumulating as landfills.

Benefits from the initiatives

The initiative has produced 4,815 kilograms of high Grand silica sand and has prevented 8,000 bottles from entering into the landfills, so far.

Current Scenario

In India the glass waste is classified as non-biodegradable.  Annually, around 960 million tonnes of solid waste are being generated in India. Out of this, only 68% of the garbage is collected and only 28% of the collected waste is treated by the municipal authorities. So, collection and treatment capacity of waste in the country is poor and the Glass2Sand initiative needs to be encouraged in order to improve solid waste treatment and management in the country.

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