Waste to art work by kids on exhibition in SDMC schools

Delhi: 27Feb, 2022 (Times of India)

New Delhi: South Delhi Municipal Corporation has launched an initiative of showcasing ‘Best Out of Waste Corners’ in its primary schools to sensitise students regarding waste management.
“The idea was to instill the knowledge about proper waste management in the children of our schools so that the principle of 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) reaches every household. Our primary focus is to ensure disposal of waste at the source level and to make citizens aware of segregation of waste,” said Ankita Chakravarty, deputy commissioner, south zone, who came up with the idea.

Working with the education department of the south corporation, the initiative has established around 40 schools under the jurisdiction, which now have ‘Best Out of Waste Corners’.

 “We asked the children studying in our schools to bring used items and make something out of it. We thought the initiative might not take off, but we were surprised with the results; the children came up with very creative items,” said an official in the education department of the south corporation.
Students have made beautiful objects from plastic bottles, newspaper, cardboard material, straws and other such material, which have been put on exhibition at these corners.

The corporation has been taking steps to beautify and clean roundabouts with paintings and schools with artwork. This has been made a part of Swachh Survekshan, which is currently going on. To avoid any embarrassment, the civic body has been putting all-out efforts to make its area appear clean and tidy.

In the past, the corporation established two ‘waste to art’ parks and two more parks are in the pipeline, where scrap material and land is provided by thecorporation to a private firm, which in turn builds replicas of monuments and maintains them for a certain period of time.