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Dehradun : 17 February, 2016

The schools in Doon valley and Mussoorie which generate a large amount of the waste produced in the two towns, are now starting to get serious about eco-friendly waste management. Some schools have started putting up e-waste stalls in school carnivals and holding constant sensitization workshops with their students in collaboration with NGOs while others have started taking the help of specialized agencies who help in garbage disposal techniques.

The Doon School, which is one of the educational institutions that sensitizes its students about sensible waste management, has set up an effluent treatment plant (ETP) in the school, in which waste water from boarding houses and the dining hall gets treated and is sprinkled in the school fields and used for gardening purpose. "Students are being pro-actively involved in waste management and sensitized about the same so that right from a young age they understand the importance of cleanliness. In fact, every Sunday, our school boys as part of social service volunteer in cleaning up various areas in the city," said Piyush Malaviya, director of public affairs at The Doon School.

Some schools have taken up the services of agencies like Greenassets.in, a Dehradun-based start-up. "We are working with Wynberg-Allen school and St George's college in Mussoorie and supplying both 200 kgs per day Compost24 machines which they will be using from March onwards to dispose of their organic kitchen waste in a more eco-friendly way," said Romik Rai, CEO of the agency.

At Kasiga School, the bio-composting from kitchen-based waste has already started and students are being taught the importance of garbage segregation on a daily level. Doon International School, too, is contemplating setting up a recycling plant, according to Dinesh Bartwal, vice-principal of the school. Meanwhile, the NGO Waste Warriors, has been conducting a series of composting workshops for school children in the city in which the students are exposed to practical sessions as well.

"We have taught many school students on how to transform organic garden waste into compost/fertiliser besides teaching them how to sieve compost ready for use, so that they can understand the entire process from start to finish. We are currently working with 75 schools as part of the Microsoft 'Create to Inspire' educational program and a number of schools have come forward to learn about composting so they can utilise organic waste within the school grounds. In fact schools like Army Public School, Birpur, following our workshop, have already started composting in the school premises," said Baneet Kaur Kohli, a member of Waste Warriors. TOI


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