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Waste Management: This Jharkhand School Will Use Plastic Bottles To Construct A Toilet

Manav Vikas School in Jamshedpur currently has only one toilet. The school aims to reuse 3,000 plastic bottles and make an environment-friendly toilet and based on its success it will be replicated in other places as well

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Jamshedpur: A school in Jamshedpur is all set to have a toilet made of plastic bottles and other materials. The proposed toilet would be set up on an experimental basis and will serve the twin purpose of preventing open defecation and reduce the burden of plastic waste and  put it to some good use. If successful then later such toilets would be set up at other places depending on the success, says Deputy Collector in the Chief Minister’s camp office, Sanjay Kumar Pandey said.

The pilot project would be implemented at Manav Vikas School managed by retired employees at Garudbasa in Telco.

The authorities of Manav Vikas School lauded Mr. Pandey since the school only had one toilet. The facility is negligible when compared to the number of students studying in it and therefore the pilot project would be started from here, Mr. Pandey said.

Mondrita Chatterjee, a STD VII student of the city-based Hill Top School, and her family have borne the financial expenses incurred for the toilet construction. Mondrita had already spent her savings for the construction of toilets in the periphery of the city and was also felicitated in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at a function held here a few months ago.

During his visit to the school on Monday, Mr. Pandey encouraged the teachers of the school as well as Chatterjee and her family to give the proposal a concrete shape.

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Our target is to implement the project before Environment Day on June 5, Mr. Pandey said.

Elaborating about the environment-friendly toilet, Mr. Pandey said the empty unused water bottles would be filled with sand, iron-ore dust and slag ash. These materials would serve as alternative to bricks.

He said that construction work of the toilet would be started in couple of days.

The objective behind the proposed toilet was to utilise unused plastic bottles and slag ash, which were available in and around the city in plenty, he said claiming that it would help maintain the cleanliness in the city.

Besides, it would also send out a message to the society that unused items could be utilised for constructive purpose, he said.

Mr. Pandey said around 3000 empty plastic bottles would be required for the construction of the toilet.

The bottles would be collected from the nearby residential colony and majority of the bottles  collected by the students are from their homes, he said. Mr. Chatterjee expressed happiness on being involved in this pilot project.

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