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BMC Focuses On Effective Plastic Waste Collection From Schools

Bhubaneswar: Plastic is energy and we just need to dispose it at the right place so that it is recycled and reused for ensuring a clean and green environment. To ensure that students play a crucial role in this regard, special plans have been drawn up by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to keep the city clean.

As per plans, students in schools will be taught on effective collection and disposal of plastic waste in different parts of the city.

A teachers training programme was conducted by BMC in association with UNDP on Thursday in this regard.

BMC officials informed that special bins will be kept in several schools of the Smart City. With the help of teachers, students will be encouraged to dispose all plastic wastes at particular designated points so that they can be easily disposed in a systematic manner, said BMC deputy commissioner, Suvendu Sahu.

He further informed that the administration’s aim is to ensure effective collection of plastic waste and its subsequent disposal.

“We are focussing on plastic waste collection from school points. BMC has also set up material recovery facility centres for waste collection. From schools, the plastic waste will be collected by UNDP,” Sahu added.

As all plastic waste has a resale value, it can be sold to various industries after recycle, said the BMC authorities.

The civic body further stated that there are plans to reward schools which will collect maximum plastic waste from their campuses to develop competitiveness and encourage students in the unique initiative.

The initiative is likely to be undertaken after the schools reopens. At present, Odisha government has directed closure of all the educational institutions in Odisha till December 31 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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