Vidyashilp Academy, a private school in Jakkur, a suburb outside Bengaluru, has not only set up a recycling unit on its campus, but has also a found a way to generate power from the same for its everyday use.
On a per day basis, the school generates approximately 800 sheets of recycled paper on campus, according to this Edex Live report.
All this paper waste is collected across various departments in large bins placed strategically inside all buildings. In order to run this recycling unit, which recycles 40 kg of waste, the school employs five people and uses five units (kilowatt hour) of electricity and 350 litres of water.
The paper recycling unit is set up in a small room, consisting of machines for pulping, screw pressing, drying and smoothening the paper. All the school newsletters are published using recycled papers directly produced in school. Besides newsletters, the school also makes file folders, carry bags, photo frames, notebooks, calendars, diaries, pencil holders, lamp shades, colour sheets, scribbling pads and envelopes, among other such products.
“Till date, the school has saved 4,223 trees, 59,62,560 litres of water, one-month electricity to 10,931 households and helped 7,453 underprivileged children by recycling 2,48,440 kg of newspapers,” according to The New Indian Express.
The school also finds a way to recycle waste paper to print invitations and programme brochures for events held on the campus.
“We get paper waste from few enterprises around the school and parents can also contribute in putting the papers to good use. We reuse the papers and stop them from going into the landfill. This way, children not only learn to keep their surroundings clean but also become responsible citizens. I believe each organisation should be responsible for the waste it generates and an appropriate eco-friendly method of garbage disposal should be undertaken,” said a school official to Deccan Herald.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)