- The wastepaper recycling project is an initiative of two Class 12 students
- The project has already collected 1380 kg of waste to make 350 notebooks
- NGO Childreach India will distribute the notebooks in schools in Jaitpur
At a time when Ghazipur’s landfill collapse is hogging the limelight for all the wrong reasons, a new initiative by two school students disposing tons of paper in a useful way, is probably just the kind of positive news the doctor ordered.
Creatively titled “Project Paperazzi” the green initiative by Yajan Munjal and Soumya Khera, both class 12 students of The Shri Ram School here, aims at protecting the environment by recycling waste paper to make notebooks for poor.
But how does this work? The team collects all possible waste paper – old, newspapers, rough notebooks, shredded papers – from homes and offices, and sends it to an organisation that in return produces notebooks for underprivileged children. Partnering with these children in their noble venture is Green-O-Tech. It recycles the waste free of cost. Their only condition: 400 kg of minimum waste needs to be provided in a lot. And not only this, Green-O-Tech also plants a tree for every 100 kg of waste paper provided to them.
We are in the business of turning waste into wealth. We collect waste paper and send it to warehouse where at our pulping hubs the process of segregation and recycling is done. This process gets us the stationary products, which we offer for free to everyone, said Prashant Rana, from Green-O-Tech.
Prashant also mentioned that where the production of one ton virgin paper requires 24 trees, the production of one ton recycled paper helps the environment by saving 17 trees.
Barely a year old, the project has already collected 1380 kg of waste, which roughly translates into over 350 notebooks.
“It is very heartening for me to see our idea culminating into a sustainable and meaningful mission. We are committed to make ‘Paperazzi’ a way of life for every student to contribute towards a greener India. And this is just a beginning,” said Soumya Khera.
The Shri Ram School’s principal, Manisha Malhotra is all praises for her students.
We are very proud of our students. Our school has committed 5000 hours to Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ and this project too is aligned to the same endeavor, Mrs Malhotra said.
The NGO Childreach India that has tied up with the project recently distributed the note books to four municipal schools in Jaitpur. The project was reviewed by National Waste Association of India (NWAI), following which they felicitated the students for their good work.