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