Gangtok, 26 May:
Mamring Senior Secondary School here in East Sikkim launched the "Himalaya Clean Up Campaign" in the area on 25 May.
A press communiqué informs that the clean-up sites were “carefully chosen” from the most polluted areas of the village.
The campaign was initiated by school principal Prahlad Sharma, NSS PO Bikash Bhattarai, Eco Club Green Teacher BS Bastola, IP Khatiwara, TD Bhutia, Pradip Pradhan along with other teachers and students of the school.
Around 400 hundred volunteers participated in the clean up drive.
The campaign was jointly organised by NSS, SAATHI and Eco Club of the school.
The campaign covered the school complex, the nearby village pocket, road and commercial areas etc.
To make the campaign effective, the program was designed as an inter-house competition at the school.
Incessant rain through the day made the campaign inconvenient, but the students stayed dedicated and mopped up a substantial amount of waste and even compiled an audit.
This is what they cleaned up:
Pet bottles: 1.5 kg
Multi layered packaging: 0.5 KG
Tetrapak : 0.7 kg
Plastic items: 36 kg
Single use plastic items: 10 kg
Glass: 5 kg
Tin/ metals: 40 kg
Papers/ card boards: 3 kg
Clothes/ textiles: 0.5 kg
Total collections: 97.2 kg.
The competition was won by Yellow House which collected 26 kgs of waste.