Tirupur: , , on Tuesday bestowed an award on a non-governmental organisation that collected 35,000kg single-use plastic with the help of students of 100 educational institutions.
Dream 20 Pasumai Amaippu had joined hands with the city corporation involved in the ‘Neguli Illa Tirupur’ (Plasticless Tirupur) drive to create awareness about the ill-effects of single-use plastic. Since August 2017, members of the NGO had ed 93 schools and seven colleges across the district for the initiative.
“Most of our members are either businessmen or private employees. We spent at least an hour every day to create awareness about plastic. We requested the students to collect single-use plastic from their homes and where they find it,” S Prabhu, a co-ordinator of the NGO, said during the award ceremony held at Tirupur Kumaran College for Women on Mangalam Road.
“The students handed over the plastic products they collected to the volunteers in their schools. Our organisation collected them periodically. We encourage the students by gifting them books and other stationery items. We got an overwhelming support from the student community,” said AR Nantha Kumar, chief co-ordinator of the organisation.
Between December 2017 and 2018, Dream 20 Pasumai Amaippu collected 35,000kg single-use plastic. “The collected plastic products were handed over the city corporation. The civic body sent 12tonnes of plastic to the ACC Cement factory in Coimbatore, with which the corporation has entered into a pact. The rest of the plastics were recyclable and high-value plastics. So, six tonnes of high-value plastics were distributed to sanitary workers, so that they could sell them and get money. The remaining 17 tonnes of recyclable plastics were sold to a leading FMCG company,” said a senior corporation official.
“The campaign helped to create awareness among the younger generation,” he added.