TAMIL NADU

For schools, a `clean and green street' drive



Staff Reporter

Programme focuses on waste segregation, sapling planting



Schools to plant saplings on adjacent streets to improve green coverFour city schools are already implementing the programme



CHENNAI: An ambitious programme to spread the message of waste segregation was launched recently by Loyola College, Chennai and Exnora International.

The "Clean and Green Street" programme aims at environmental awareness among students and especially the public about the collection of solid waste, its segregation and the composting of bio-degradable waste by forming aerobic composting pits in schools.

The schools will also plant saplings on adjacent streets to improve the green cover, said the organisers.

They said participating schools should be fully involved in the programme and ensure its sustainability.

The school eco-club should be involved effectively and every school should adopt a street adjacent to its premises. Schoolchildren also need to create awareness among children and residents of the adopted streets on collection, segregation and techniques of converting bio-degradable waste.

The schools should construct facilities such as aerobic/vermi-composting pits and sheds. The saplings should be maintained by using the compost-generated manure. Above all, the schools should ensure the continuance of the project for at least one year, said the organisers.

Four city schools are already implementing the programme and they are being assisted by an equal number of schools.



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