‘Waste' boy spreads awareness on scrap recycling

November 04, 2011 10:56 am | Updated 11:05 am IST - HYDERABAD:

Prateek Shankar. Photo: M. Subhash

Prateek Shankar. Photo: M. Subhash

It is not often that you hear someone proudly declare that he is a ‘waste' fellow. But Prateek Shankar, a 12th standard boy from Hyderabad Public School (HPS), Begumpet, wants to give a spin to the term and connect it with waste management.

Prateek Shankar is a Horlicks Wiz Kid - 2011 and as part of this competition he initiated a project called ‘Segregation Conversion Recycling and Awareness Project (SCRAP).'

“SCRAP is a simple project on the way we manage our waste. Every Indian produces 455 gm. of waste per day yet we import waste for recycling. By managing our waste better we can reduce the amount of refuse into the dump,” he said.

Daily waste is first segregated in four different dust-bins and the items that can be reused will be taken out. Then the wet waste is used for creating vermin-compost while the dry waste is sold off for recycling as per his project.

Around 300 fellow students are now actively participating in his project. “Children should be taught young to increase the awareness regarding proper waste disposal,” he explained. His school and GHMC are hosting a SCRAP Fest on Saturday in Begumpet premises where 200 students from about 15 schools are expected to participate.

Shankar will also be participating in South Asia Finals of the Horlics Wiz Kid competition from Nov. 15 in Bangalore. The winner will get a chance to visit Geneva and also get a scholarship of Rs.6 lakh for higher education. His project can be accessed through web at scrap.org.in. You can also take part in the discussion on ‘SupportSCRAP' page on Facebook.

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