E-waste management: Students roped in to spread awareness

The School Awareness Program envisaged under the Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project was launched Friday through the workshop ‘Magic of Electronics’ at DAV Public School, Kalinga Nagar.
Over 300 students from Standards 7 and 8 participated. Along with the awareness activities, the program also marked the commencement of the e-waste collection drive to be carried out at all participating schools and colleges across the city.
Yash, a student, said, “It is very important that we recycle our e-waste responsibly and send it through the recycling systems instead of giving it to informal sector, and this awareness program has helped in seeing e-waste as resources and not as mere waste.” Among the participating schools and colleges, a competition called E-waste Collection Challenge will be launched soon and the winning institution with the highest collection of e-waste would be awarded later this year
Principal of DAV Public School, Kalinga Nagar, Bipin Kumar Sahoo, said, “The future of this earth lies in the hands of next generation. We have to make aware and inspire the young students to take up the new challenge.” The Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project under the ‘IFC-EU Eco-Cities’ Programme, aims to ensure that the city’s e-waste is collected and recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. Besides the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Clean e-Bhubaneswar project is also getting support from Orissa State Pollution Control Board in generating awareness among consumers, households, schools, colleges and other institutions regarding e-waste.
Dedicated e-waste collection bins will be placed at each participating school and college for two weeks. The winners of the E-waste Collection Challenge — the school and the college with the highest volume of e-waste collected will be declared in September 2018. The BMC has invited schools and colleges to join this initiative and take part in the awareness program. Schools and colleges can visit the Clean E-Bhubaneswar initiative website http://www.cleanebhubaneswar.in/ or call the toll-free number 1800-120-2723 for further information.


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