State-level launch of zero-budget plastic waste management scheme held in Alappuzha

The zero-budget plastic waste management programme conceived and successfully launched by the Niravu Residents Association at Vengeri here is now being extended to 30 lakh homes by Green Community, a collective of environmental groups.

Shobhindran and Shoukath Ali Eroth, spokesmen for the Green Community, told The Hindu on Tuesday that the Niravu model would be extended to 30 lakh homes in the next five years with the help of school students.

The State-level launch of the zero-budget plastic waste management strategies developed by Niravu was inaugurated by the former Finance Minister and MLA T.M. Thomas Isaac at Leo 13 Higher Secondary School in Alappuzha on Monday. With the launch of the scheme in Alappuzha, the programme had already reached nearly one lakh homes through students of 42 schools, Prof. Shobhindran said.

Dr. Isaac also announced that Alappuzha municipality would issue coupons in exchange of the plastic covers cleaned and collected by students under the “Clean house, clean city” programme. For every kg of plastic waste collected, students would be given coupons of Rs.20 which could be exchanged for buying books. Dr. Isaac also presented citations to the Niravu Residents’ Association which devised the zero-budget model and the Providence Women’s College here which implemented the programme. Alappuzha municipal chairperson Mercy Teacher, Leo 13 School manager Fr. Stanley Pulimuttuparambil, and Principal P.C. Raphael spoke.

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