STORY PREVIEW

2016

WISE ON WASTE(WOW)

Padmarani Srivatsan

Singapore

MENTOR

Padmarani Srivatsan

STUDENTS

Arohee Temurnikar, 11

Kalyani Pandey, 11

Pracheta Mukhopadhyay, 11

Jaidev Balaji, 10

Daksh Madhu, 9

Step 1 FEEL

1. Bad odour from the chute in the blocks in the school surroundings when it is cleared every day 2. Increase in landfills 3. It was identified that if the trash is properly segregated i.e. Kitchen raw food scraps and Tetra Pak at the first level that can be recycled.

The opportunity to start this project started when our students saw rubbish bins cleared of all kinds of trash. This triggered their instincts to find more about the waste that we dispose off, every single day. Talking to environment teacher of the school they came to know that this waste can be used in a simple way to make compost which will reduce the landfill, green house effects and it benefits the soil. In the process of composting she realized that along with the compostable material there were other recyclables like Tetra Pak which can be recycled and thus they started the project of Compost and Tetra Paks

EVERYONE Everyday we see tons of trash being cleared in different forms that are recyclable & non recyclable from rubbish bins all over in Singapore. All this trash goes to landfills which are the single largest human source of methane emissions in the world. Methane emission is the result of decay of organic waste in the landfill. The effect of these gases impact the global temperatures.

Step 2 Imagine

Based on our learning through the findings, the school came up with a practical solution 1. Wise on Waste(WOW) 2. Reuse, Recover and Recycle (3R) Hence school decided to take 2 major projects. 1. Aerobic Composting of Organic Waste (WOW) 2. Tetra Pak Recycle (3R)

1. Aerobic Composting of Organic Waste (WOW) 2. Tetra Pak Recycle (3R)

Step 3DO

Pilot project was started at home by the environment teacher of the school using simple materials that were easily available at home. This was taken to school where students were trained to do the same at school from the compostable material at school. Research was done to find out ways to recycle the Tetra Paks which was also found in the bins. The Tetra Pak Singapore conducted a workshop for our students and we were doing our part to reduce the landfill by composting and recycling of Tetra pak. Then our students were invited to be advocates for the local kindergartens to teach them how to recycle Tetra Paks and the materials that can be made by recycling the tetra paks. We were advocates for 24 local kindergartens over the last two years.

Programmes conducted in school 1. Creating a garden using compost in school 2. Sale of garden produce 3. Engaging parents in the process 4. Reaching out to the community 5. Using Tetra Pak recycled products

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REFLECTION OF GREEN TOUR PROGRAMME BY INDIAN SCHOOL 1. The idea of Tetra Pak recycling was amazing and I learnt that many products can be made from recycle Tetra Paks-Ishika Khurana, Sacred Heart Convent 2. Composting is the best as it reduces landfill and emission of green houses gases at zero cost.- Nipul Paul Khanna, Sacred heart Convent

1. Collecting of Raw food waste from students, staff and parents 2. Training for Tetra Pak Recycling which involved certain basic steps 3. Sustaining the project since compost making needs everyday monitoring 4. Ensuring cooked food are not part of the waste for composting 5. Ensuring the tetra paks are recycled in the bins provided

MORE THAN 30 DAYS

Step 4 SHARE

1. Students:-Sessions and workshops for Compost Making for students of class 3 and above. 100% students involved in Tetra Pak Recycle Workshop. 2. Staff:- All staff were trained on Compost Making & Tetra Pak Recycle. 3. Parents:- Approximately 110 parents trained on Compost Making and Tetra Pak Recycling. 4.Society(Outreach):-12 Local Kindergartens in Central Singapore and students from India on Tetra Pak Recycling. 5.Booths:-Set up booths at various events at school and out of school. 6.Article:-The Compost making article was published by Singapore Environment Council and circulated in 200 local schools (Singapore). 7.Media Coverage:- Coverage by Channel News Asia reaching to a bigger audience (approx. 1341 views). It was published by the channel New Asia. It has been uploaded on youtube and circulated on facebook. Tetra paks Singapore has approached us to publish this compost making as an environment message in the notebooks that are made from recycled Tetra paks

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1. Developing and sustaining the school garden using in-house compost. 2. Increase in number of workshops & advocacy programmes for customers . 3. Collaboration with National Parks Singapore and Singapore Environmental Council and other External Environmental agencies. 4. Increase in participation of other local and international schools.