Several schools and colleges in Tinsukia district of Upper Assam have installed waste management systems on campus to promote cleanliness.
Learners Educational Institutions, Tinsukia College, Tinsukia Commerce College, Women’s College Tinsukia, Sarbjanin H.S. Balika Vidyalaya, Senairam H.S. School and Tinsukia Bangiya Vidyalaya have set up three waste to resource banks, such as plastic-bottle bank, plastic-package bank and paper banks on campus to promote clean segregation through transparent bins.
“Students have been asked to drop the waste accordingly. It also has a compost pit where all the organic waste comprising food waste and leaves are placed so that visitors can see that waste can be turned into recycled material or composted to get organic manure,” said Tanushree Bhattacharjee, headmistress, Learners’ High School.
Sanjay K. Gupta, the managing director of Learners’ Educational Institutions and founder of CARE North East Foundation, told The Telegraph, “Plastic banks are very effective ways of promoting clean segregation in well designed and transparent bins.”
“More than 15,000 bottles have been collected from the schools and colleges which otherwise would have ended up in drains or streets, creating filth in towns,” Gupta added.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had inaugurated the plastic bank concept, a metallic transparent bin for the public to deposit their plastic bottles at Tinkonia in Tinsukia town on September17, 2019.
Gupta added that the plastic bank concept has been designed and installed by him in collaboration with the Tinsukia Municipal Board and CARE North East Foundation is taking this concept across the districts.
“Our effort is to make this district completely free of the plastic. In fact, many more municipalities now have adopted this practice and currently eight more municipalities have been placing different designs of plastic banks, originality conceptualised and envisioned by the NGO,” Gupta said.