Green clubs formed in schools as part of the National Green Corps project have plans to implement a proposal to check the growing menace of garbage in Ernakulam district.

A coordination committee of these clubs has recommended that teachers and students join hands with local bodies in the ongoing drive against infectious diseases. Members of the clubs will follow the guidelines given by the Government while participating in the drive.

A green manual brought out by the Government points out that action plans initiated by students have the power to check dumping of garbage in the open.

"Creating awareness among people in the selected areas about the need for segregation of garbage as a step to efficiently manage it in their neighbourhood is one of the major objectives students could undertake," says a green manual brought out by the Centre for Environment Education, based in Ahmedabad.

Students can begin such an awareness programme by activities that inform people about the advantages of segregation of waste and its proper disposal. They can accomplish this task through presentations, posters, skits, dramas and door-to-door campaigns. Students can hold a meeting with the residents.

Once this is done, they can inform the people about the programmes on hand. They can invite representatives from the city corporation and other organisations involved in collecting segregated waste.

A collective decision on how to segregate waste in houses can be takenduring this meeting. If enough funds are available, the residents can be provided with different bags for segregated wastes. Fixed timings should be set for sanitary workers to collect the waste. Students can explain the concept of composting to members of the community.

District coordinator of the project S. Sitaraman says that green clubs will introduce programmes for creating awareness on other environmental issues in the coming days.

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