| Swaraj Priyadarshi with his award. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Teenager Swaraj Priyardarshi has received an international award for his idea to save the environment reeling from the burden of waste.
Action for Nature, a non-profit organisation based out of the US, has bestowed the Young Eco Hero Award on the 17-year-old Swaraj. The Class XII student, now preparing for higher studies in a US university, is one of the 15 students around the world awarded for his green initiative.
He sent in a project termed “In-Waste” which looks at systematic collection of waste from schools and individual households and then segregation at a waste park. The Shivam International School student has also received $300 and a certificate.
Swaraj, a resident of Boring Road, would also address a function to be organised in California on October 18 along with the other winners of the Young Eco Hero awards. While two more awardees are from Delhi, the others are from Dubai, Indonesia and different US states.
Action for Nature felicitates students for their environment-based projects every year in an initiative to encourage them to take up eco-friendly plans.
Swaraj said: “I sent my project, In-waste, in January. I suggested how 1,150 tonnes of waste in Patna could be processed. The Young Eco Hero Award is one of my biggest achievements.”
He added: “During research for the project, I found that every day around 1,150 tonnes of waste is generated in the city. Only around 750 tonnes are picked up for disposal. I suggested a tie-up with rag pickers who could put colourful bins in schools and households. Domestic and stationary waste can be collected in these separate bins and then brought to a waste park. Products that can still be used or recycled can be segregated from the waste to make toys and greeting cards.”