#OceanForLife Chapter 2 Michel Biel | SS19 Campaign
Firstly, a landfill is defined as a site for the disposal of waste material by burying it. And so, our journey takes us to the Uttan landfill: the second largest landfill site in Mumbai after the Deonar dumping ground.
Michel Biel, a young French rising star in the acting world, takes the lead in this chapter. He currently stars in a popular French TV series and has also had roles in some major blockbuster films, including Dunkirk directed by Hollywood legend Christopher Nolan.
Although Michel has never been involved with ecology or sustainability before, these are two subjects that he is very passionate about and he was very keen to come with us to India and discover a different reality. He says it has been “an experience that has changed my view of the world.
Every year, India produces 60 million tons of waste and 2.7 million tons are generated in Mumbai. The facilities used to absorb Mumbai’s daily waste are the Deonar and Uttan landfill sites, which also receive considerable amounts of plastic waste from other countries.
The quantity of waste arriving at the Mumbai landfill sites is enormous, in fact, it is more than double the "absorption“capacity of the two landfill sites. As a result, towering mountains of rubbish currently stand at 30 metres high and they are growing taller every day. Local communities and environmentalists have expressed concern about this situation and have complained about the lax enforcement of Mumbai’s hazardous waste regulations.
Worryingly, Uttan is just one example of many sites throughout the world where the situation is similar.
When Mumbai’s heavy seasonal rains fall, tons of plastic from the landfill sites flow freely into the ocean with no supervision from the site’s management team or the local authorities. This unfortunately increases the dump’s capacity to receive even more waste and is why many official rubbish dumps around the world are intentionally built on the coast or near rivers.
In a place like this, you can start to lose perspective… and sadly hope too… however, it is important to remember that there are some landfill sites that are well managed. We clearly need to promote better waste management, but we believe solving the problem at its source would lead to better results in the long term. We need to develop processes for reducing waste alongside new recycling strategies.
YOU can do your bit and play an active part in our campaign by sharing North Sail’s Mumbai Diaries and spreading this key message: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
The future of our planet is in your hands! #OCEANFORLIFE #THEMUMBAIDIARIES
Join us on this adventure and discover Chapter 3, coming soon!