Children in the city are being given the task of bringing washed and clean plastic waste from their home to school to help the City Corporation dispose it of safely.
The idea is of the Sri Sathya Sai Orphanage Trust, a non-governmental organisation, to help revive collection of plastic bags for safe disposal.
The Corporation has banned plastic bags, but collection of plastic from homes took a hit as households did not hand over clean and washed waste to Kudumbasree workers.
The Directorate of Public Instruction has given sanction to the trust to carry out the collection in schools. Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb will inaugurate a pilot project at the Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Cotton Hill, on August 14.
Director of Public Instruction A. Shajahan inaugurated an awareness class on the project, titled My City, My Pride, in the school on Monday.
V. Subhash Chandra Bose, Director of Communication and Capacity Development Unit of the Water Resources Department, led a class on the dangers of plastic waste and the need for its safe disposal.
The plan is to make children in each school hand over clean plastic waste to the teachers during the school assembly or lunch break on a specific day every week. The trust will collect the waste from the school in a day or two.
Plastic bottles, bags and wrappers will be collected in the initial stage and other plastic products in the coming months.