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There is no Garbage collection in Chauntra or nearby Bir and local residents burn their garbage. I remember hiking with the Teachers from Sambhota in 2013 and one teacher admonishing me for not throwing my bag of garbage from our picnic into the woods. Though it hurt my soul, I finally threw it off the side of the road, rationalizing that carrying it back to Chauntra was pointless as it would be burned. It still felt pretty wrong. We westerners are pretty conditioned not to litter, though I also think we don’t think enough about where our garbage goes after we “don’t litter”. In this part of India at least, your trash is not “out of sight, out of mind” and that forces me to think about it daily.
The school has a concrete “Recycling centre” and it appeared to be abandoned for the last few years. On the side…
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