Carry E-waste to School, Get Paid for it!

Soon, students in Kerala can carry e-waste and plastic to their schools for disposal and even get paid for it.

Kerala government, in a bid to get rid of e-waste and plastic is all set to launch a unique initiative involving students from the State.

The initiative, ‘green army’ of students will be providing the students a double advantage, of playing a key role in environment protection and earning some pocket money from the sale of e-waste and plastic.

“We have plans to give them Rs.25 per kg of e-waste. Parents will also be encouraged to join hands with the children in this endeavour,” Kabeer B. Haroon, Managing Director of the government’s Clean Kerala Company (CKC), told The Hindu.

A growing menace to health and environment

Students from CBSE, ICSE, and private schools within the State will be involved in the initiative. They can bring the discarded materials in a special bag for collecting e-waste on a periodic basis.

A teacher in each school will be entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the project and will pay them for the waste materials.

“NSS units in the schools will also be part of the drive. They will form teams and visit establishments and houses nearby their campus to collect e-waste and plastic materials. The local bodies concerned will collect the waste materials from the campus on a regular basis and hand it over to the CKC,” said Mr. Haroon, as per The Hindu report.

The government will start off the e-waste school campaign linking it with the United Nations-backed initiative to phase out production, import and export of products that contain mercury, including blood pressure monitors, clinical thermometers, and high-pressure mercury lamps by 2020.