Over 4,000 students collect 1,200 kg of plastic waste as part of the “Zero Plastic Starts With Me” initiative

Around 4,000 students from 51 schools in the city collected more than 1,200 kg of plastic waste during the “Zero Plastic Starts with Me” initiative. The aim of the initiative is to create early awareness among the students of the school. As part of the initiative, students collect chocolate wrappers, rapping wafers, single-use plastic bags or non-degradable plastic waste, and plastic bottles.

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) had launched the “Zero Plastic Starts with Me” initiative in the first week of November for students.

The top three students who collected the maximum amount of plastic waste are Mahi Eknath Patil from Chartered English School Airoli, Nainesh Khandare from Ryan Christian School, Vashi, and Harman Singh Poddar International School, Nerul. They were awarded by the civic body.

As part of this initiative, students have been directly involved in collecting plastic waste such as chocolate wrappers, plastic cookie wrappers and half-litre and one-litre water bottles that people throw away in public places after use.

The civic body expected more than 50,000 people to take part in the initiative. However, due to Covid restrictions and fear of infection, only 4134 students participated. The initiative was carried out with the Heart Foundation, a charitable organization working in the field of education. Students from grades 2 to 10 participated in the activity.

Similarly, NMMC School Number 94 in Koparkhairane, Anchorwala Vashi Education Academy, Euro Airoli Secondary School and three other schools were awarded as the best performing schools in plastic bottle collection under the jurisdiction of the NMMC.

Other than that, a total of seven schools in each neighborhood received the “Zero Plastic Waste School” award.

Plastic is very harmful, and thanks to this initiative, students and their parents have experienced the adverse effects. The “Zero Plastic Starts With Me” initiative has raised a huge awareness among students and their families. Teachers and students reiterated that the habit should continue as cleanliness is an ongoing process and they also took a collective oath of cleanliness.

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Posted: Monday, January 31, 2022, 8:14 PM IST

Bryce K. Locke