Plastic Gullaks to Raise Awareness and Collect Plastic from Schools

Inauguration of Plastic Gullak at PYDS Learning Academy

Inauguration of Plastic Gullak at PYDS Learning Academy

Our Dehradun team launched “Plastic Gullak” under PRITHVI, a Plastic Waste Management Programme supported by UNDP and Coca-Cola (HCCB). Through this initiative, Waste Warriors aims to not only raise awareness on plastic waste, but also to channel recyclable plastics from schools to our plastic segregation facility, and also to empower students with social entrepreneurial skills. As the name suggests, the concept behind “Plastic Gullak” is to initiate the act of saving, but here instead of coins, we are helping students save plastic and collect it in the gullak. We want children to see plastic not as waste, but as a resource.

 

Sh. Amit Kumar Sinha (IG FSL-Wireless), inaugurates the Plastic Gullak at Bajaj Institute of Learning

Sh. Amit Kumar Sinha (IG FSL-Wireless), inaugurates the Plastic Gullak at Bajaj Institute of Learning

We officially launched our Plastic Gullak program at the Bajaj Institute of Learning for Deaf Children at Rajpur Road, Dehradun, in the presence of honorable Sh. Amit Kumar Sinha, IG FSL/WIRELESS, as well as at Purkal Youth Development Society (PYDS) Learning Academy and Gyananda School.

 

Awareness-raising session with Purkal's Stree Shakti Samiti

Awareness-raising session with Purkal's Stree Shakti Samiti

At PYDS, we conducted an awareness program with the amazing women of their self-help group Stree Shakti Samiti, raising awareness on basic waste management and encouraging them to segregate their waste at source. It was great to see that the women were ready and willing to learn about different kinds of solid waste and how to deal with it.

 

Awareness presentation on Plastic Gullak at PYDS

Awareness presentation on Plastic Gullak at PYDS

To interact with young minds means opening new doors to learning about ourselves, too. Students had tons of questions about so many different kinds of waste, from hair to clothes to shoes and so on. It is always amazing to witness the energy at which their minds work! We are so glad to have some of these minds involved in making the Waste Warriors club in each school, and then guiding and empowering them with different tools that they can use to raise awareness amongst their own peers to improve how much plastic is being collected in their school. Students are encouraged to collect all kinds of plastic in the Plastic Gullak. Once the Gullak is full, it will then be collected by us and in return we will donate to the Waste Warriors club at Rs. 8 per kg for the plastic they collect. The students of the club will then use this money for a social cause, with the supervision of the school admin. We’re so excited to see what kinds of activities these students will do!

 

Written by Jaya Hariyani, WWS Project Assistant and India Fellow.