A four day e-waste collection programme, with the objective of promoting safe environment, commenced in Kovilpatti on Tuesday.

K. Vijaya Karthikeyan, Sub-Collector, Kovilpatti, launched the programme, which is being organised by the Kovilpatti Environment League in association with the Rotary Club and Genius Club, a voluntary organisation.

On the first day of the programme, 62,000 used CDs were disposed of at collection points being maintained at schools and important places such as the bus stand and railway station in Kovilpatti.

The collection points for e-waste disposal had already been publicised through wall posters and principals of participating schools were also apprised of the programme. Apart from 19 schools actively participating in this programme, the public too evinced interest in collecting e-waste, Mr.Karthikeyan said.

The collected e-waste would be displayed at AV School in Kovilpatti.

The Sub-Collector said the volunteers could collect more than one lakh used CDs, which would be recycled to develop road infrastructure. “Plans are afoot to lay new roads using recycled e-waste. With the collection of 1,685 kilograms of paper and plastic wastes through a similar programme by the League during October and a considerable amount of e-waste in the ongoing programme, new developments could be witnessed in Kovilpatti,” he said.

Kovilpatti Municipal authorities would be involved in conducting awareness programmes to improve public hygiene. Initially, the authorities had been asked to place warning boards at public places to prevent people from urinating in the open. The offenders would be fined soon, he noted.

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