Madurai: Eco-friendly programme launched

Melur school students to collect waste plastic for safe disposal

MADURAI: On Bhogi day, The Hindu-Newspaper in Education joined hands with Sri Sundareswara Vidyasala Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Melur, to launch an eco-friendly project that will ultimately pave the way for the safe disposal of waste plastic, besides keeping the town clean.

Worthy service: Students of Sundareswara Vidhyasala collecting waste plastic from a business establishment in Melur.— Photo: G. Moorthy

Volunteers of National Green Corps of the school will be involved in the collection of waste plastic and its deposit on the school campus at Attukulam for recycling. The Principal, R. Sudha, who presided over the launch, said that the children have been divided into groups on the basis of contiguity of homes. The leaders would have four or five students each with them to take care of the collection. On Saturdays, volunteers of this green brigade would visit homes, business establishments and hospitals to collect waste plastic in Melur after school hours. The collected waste would be transported in school vehicles to nearby Attukulam for storage. From there, it would be taken for recycling. The expertise of R. Vasudevan, Dean, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, would be utilised to use the waste plastic in road laying, she said. Dr. Vasudevan has patented a technology to use waste plastic with stone aggregate for road laying.

Students went about collecting waste plastic on Wednesday, following spade work done earlier to segregate waste at source. People were also sensitised to the importance of recycling plastic through pamphlets. They pasted a sticker carrying a green slogan at a prominent place in every house in order to recognise it as a partner in the joint campaign of the school with The Hindu-NIE. The programme will be coordinated by A. Prabu, Coordinator, National Green Corps, at the school.

‘Nature for future’

Students showed much enthusiasm in involving themselves in the task of nurturing ‘nature for future.’ Business establishments and some of the voluntary organisations of Melur have also come forward to get involved in the programme.



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