Dimapur, November 8: The first meeting cum training to manage multi laminated packaging waste with school participation was organized today here at AIDA Conference Hall, Don Bosco, Dimapur by Zero Waste Himalaya, Nagaland (ZWHN) in coordination and support of Safai Bank Program (A Program by Mumbai Sustainability centre).
The program saw the participation of more than 100 students from seven different schools.
Talking in details about the programme to the children and other attendants, Rishi Agarwal of Safai Bank India Program said that the focus of the program is to instill a sense of responsibility among the school children focussing on multi laminated packaging waste plastic dealing mostly with fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) like chips packets, sweet wrappers, biscuit packets, etc.
He explained that the idea of this program is to encourage the children to collect these wrappers, count them and then collect the same in their schools, homes or place of convenience, which will then be deposited in the school and subsequently will be amassed in a central Location in Dimapur.
He said that the method works like a bank where all participants will deposit their collection and these will be recorded under the Safai Bank program, and once a sufficient volume is generated, the waste will be transferred to a cement factory where they will be disposed and used as a fuel in an eco-friendly manner as per the Basel Convention norms (called co-processing).
Albert Ezung, Administrator, DMC encouraged the children to take up this initiative as such programs are the need of the hour and also announced rewarding the best performing schools annually.
The program right now is being taken up in seven schools (viz. Maple Tree School, Livingstone Foundation International, Holy Cross Hr. Sec. School, Christian Hr. Sec School, St Mary’s Montessori School, Don Bosco Hr. Sec School) across Dimapur. Other school interested in joining the program may contact the city coordinators (+919856141327, +917005440766). Eventually, the program will be extended to other districts.
Dalmia Bharat Cement has agreed to collect the waste once a sizable volume is collected. The plant was represented by Ranjan Roy, Head, Commercial. The introduction of the program was given by L.H Thangi Mannen, Retd. Commissioner and Secretary and Convenor of ZWHN.
(Page News Service)