Best out of waste

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Best out of waste

The need to preserve the environment in a sustainable manner is a concept one is exposed to during school days. As a part of this, paper recycling is being practised in many schools and colleges in the City. These institutions recycle and reuse waste paper thus taking up paper recycling seriously and sensibly.

Colleges like Christ University, Jyoti Nivas College and schools like Vidyashilp Academy are doing this on a large scale and have paper recycling units in their respective campuses.

   The paper recycling unit of Christ University, called ‘Parivarthana’, is managed by Shivanna, the coordinator. It was started in August 2008 and focusses on dry waste management, largely, waste paper management. He says, “We mainly use answer scripts for recycling as they are confidential and are difficult to sell. Other than this, we recycle newspapers and cotton buds. Every year, we receive five tonnes of answer script.”

Using recycled papers, they make greeting cards, photo frames, folders, diaries, notebooks and carry bags. They also encourage student volunteers to join this cause. Their motive is to distribute recycled papers to slum areas like Ambedkar Nagar and Rajendra Nagar and train people from these places to make paper goods. This generates employment opportunities for them. “The purpose of ‘Parivarthana’ is to give employment opportunities to slum women, making Christ University a zero-waste campus and ultimately creating awareness among students about paper reuse and recycling,” he adds.

Paper being one of the most important resources in our daily life, it is important to make people sensible to save it till it lasts. Jyoti Nivas College, on the other hand, makes an effort to impress on students the need to conserve the precious resources of the environment and sensitise them to appreciate the precious gift of nature. The paper recycling unit of Jyoti Nivas College is called ‘Prayatna’ and was established in 2007 by the Social Science Forum and a group of other students. The aim of the unit is to spread awareness among students and staffs on saving paper and collect waste papers wherever they find and drop in the bins allocated for paper recycling. With the finished product, they make greeting cards, envelopes, jewellery, charts and banners that are used during fests and cultural programmes. With its motto, ‘Be a Sensitive Citizen’, it shares the big responsibility of judicious use of paper.

Bhavana Sharma, a student volunteer, says “We mostly use answer scripts for recycling and sometimes, newspapers. The finished products  are used for various activities in college. We sometimes add turmeric to give it a little colour which is again natural.”   Meanwhile, the paper recycling unit of Vidyashilp Academy promotes a responsible surrounding for its students and helps in marketing the finished products. With the finished products, students make files and stationaries like envelopes, chart papers, note pads etc and sell them during festivals.

   Arnawaz Bastawala, coordinator of ‘Shilpbeyond’ at Vidyashilp Academy, explains, “We get paper waste from few enterprises around the school and parents too contribute in putting the papers to good use. We reuse the papers and stop them from going into landfill.”
“This way, children not only learn to keep their surroundings clean but also become responsible citizens. I believe each organisation should be responsible for the waste it generates and an appropriate eco-friendly method of garbage disposal should be undertaken,” she shares.

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