Three Visakhapatnam-based organizations with their mantra of reduce-recycle-reuse are improving lives and the environment of the city

Remember waking up to the voice of kabadiwala (junk or scrap dealer) whose loud cries asking for plastic, paper and metals would echo through the lanes. The door-to-door waste collection facility and at times the monetary returns that people gained, promoted them to recycle most of their dry waste.

The kabadiwala may be less visible now but technology has enabled householders to recycle their dry waste at the click of a button.

At last year’s United Nation’s World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the intention of eliminating single-use plastic by 2022. Like several governments are doing, many organizations in the city are helping people reuse and recycle not just plastic and other kinds of waste.

AIKYA- The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Backed by the Akshaya Patra Foundation, AIKYA is a volunteer group that conducts cleanliness drives, tuitions for underprivileged children and activities to increase green cover. The Visakhapatnam-chapter which consists of 85 volunteers is a part of the R3 project which encourages the ideology of recycle, reduce and reuse. The organization collects old notebooks and textbooks from various schools, colleges and corporate organizations and recycles them into new notebooks. These notebooks are then distributed to municipal corporation school students.

“The programme was started in 2017, where over 25 tonnes of notebooks and textbooks were collected and given for recycling. In the second year, we managed to collect over 40 tonnes of notebooks,” says Ram Mohan, a representative of Akshaya Patra. This year the organization is targeting 50 tonnes of notebooks which will be recycled through five paper mills from the region. The new notebooks procured after recycling will be distributed in 50 schools in Vishakapatnam and surrounding districts. Aikya is planning to give three notebooks each to students of the primary school and five books each to high school students.

(To donate old notebooks and textbooks contact 93463 61399)

Source: The Hindu            Dated: February 20, 2019