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Catching Them Young: E-Waste Management Awareness Kicks Off in Kerala Schools

In its bid to create awareness and sensitize school students towards better management of E-waste, the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) has kicked off yet another initiative focussing on schools in the district. The initiative is part of New Delhi based Toxics Link’s efforts aimed at ‘Educating the Youth of India and School Children Regarding Environment, Especially E-Waste Recycling Issues’. CISSA is the designated organizing partner for the programme in Kerala.

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As part of the programme, a students’ sensitization programme on managing E-waste was held at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom. The fun-based interactive programme sensitized students about the need to manage E-waste and also explored means in recycling of the same.

According to Dr C Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, CISSA, “The main objective of the programme is to work towards better management of E-waste in the country, create awareness and promote safer responsible handling, recycling and disposal”.

“Since most stakeholders have identified low awareness and lack of information as a key barrier in developing a sound system for E-waste management, the project aims to bridge that gap by addressing a very important audience group, Students and Youth of the country. The student and youth groups are seen as effective change makers and can influence the family behavior and hence is a key entry point,” he added.

The students who attended the programme admitted that they were not aware of the topic of E-waste management and stated that they found the session interesting and helpful in such a way that they could tell their parents to let them also be part of the E-waste management initiatives. The classes were handled by Priti Mahesh, Senior Programme Co-ordinator, Toxics Link. S.Neerada, Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom, Dr. Rani, Vice Principal, KV Pattom, G Pramod, representative of Earth Sense Recycle Pvt. Ltd, Dr.C. Suresh Kumar, CISSA and Dr.KG Ajit.

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As part of awareness programme to enlighten the budding generation on the impact and other practices of E-waste management, Toxics Link and CISSA are planning an awareness campaign in 50 schools in Thiruvananthapuram District during July-August. As part of the programme, e-waste bins will also be installed in these schools so that students can dump any such unusable material which will be later on collected and recycled.

The organizers have entered into an agreement with Earth Sense Recycle Pvt. Ltd , a sole of e-waste recycler in the state to take  all e-waste collected in the bins for recycling. CISSA would add 100 more schools in the initiative in the second phase, which would get started in the next 3 months.

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