India is on the list of the world’s top 10 countries that produces the most solid waste. Proper waste management practices have to be put in place in order to control waste management. The country needs to popularize reusing and recycling of materials like plastic, glass and metal. The Swachh Bharat campaign initiated by the Indian government has inspired many people to work towards a cleaner India. Some schools adopting recycling techniques through Swachh Bharat Program are inculcating the concept of waste management in their children, and these children will make a difference when they grow up.
Sri Sri Academy, Kolkata
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This school in Kolkata is setting an example how children can be taught about recycling in innovative ways. Every single student participates in the school’s waste management practices and know the importance of segregating waste. Waste is segregated into dry waste, food waste, plastic, foils, e-waste and glass.
Cardboard boxes and plastic bottles are used to make creative objects in the school’s Craft and Art classes. Food waste is composted in the compost pit in the school’s compound.
The school children make use of things that can be recycled daily and decorative items from recycled plastic and paper waste. The waste water from air conditioners is used to water the school garden and for cleaning purposes, thus teaching children to conserve water. All the waste paper is sent to a paper mill to be recycled.
When children participate in these eco-friendly practices, they can spread the word about waste recycle trends in India to their families and neighborhood. Children can influence their elders and help spread the message of Swachh campaign.
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