Plastic is one of the worst pollutants causing unprecedented damage to the ecosystem. To eliminate plastic pollution from the environment an awareness campaign is being carried out in district Sirmaur. District Administration of Sirmaur has launched a campaign to make the district polythene-free by making polybricks for the eradication of polythene.
A Polybrick is prepared by filling single use polythene such as empty wrappers of toffees, chocolates, maggi, snacks, chips, shampoo pouches, milk packets and other waste plastic in a strong plastic bottle of cold drinks and other beverages, and pressed into the bottle with a stick. A strong polybrick is readied after filling it completely with plastic leaving no space and making it compact.
Ek Din School Ke Naam Launched :
In an exhibition organized by the District Administration at the Shri Renuka Ji International Fair in the year 2019, a model of poly toilet made with polybricks was showcased, which was a centre of attraction for the people visiting the fair.As a part of this cleanliness campaign, the District Administration had also launched ‘Ek Din School Ke Naam’ campaign, under which students collected clean and littered polythene and dry waste, and made polybricks out of it. The campaign will be carried out on every 1st and 4th Saturday till March 2020. Under this campaign, defaulters would be identified and made aware regarding cleanliness of environment. After two awareness drives, the defaulters will be challaned.
Students have collected 4990 Kg polythene so far:
Two phases of this campaign have been completed in which a total of 80,018 students from 2031 schools in the district have so far collected 4990 kilogram of polythene, cleaning an area of about 916 kilometre and made 5435 polybricks. Taking this cleanliness campaign to another level, the District Administration has now launched ‘Ek Din Panchayat Ke Naam’ to make all panchayats polythene-free.
Mahila Mandal and Anganwadi workers also Contributing :
Mahila Mandals and Anganwadi workers are also taking active part in this cleanliness campaign of District Administration and are making a significant contribution in making the environment clean. Recently, Mahila Mandal and Anganwadi workers of Ambwala-Sainwala area in Nahan also cleaned their wards and surrounding areas. They made about 70 polybricks from the collected plastic waste and handed it over to Deputy Commissioner Sirmaur in his office.In another such event, women of Kando village of Badol Panchayat of Haripurdhar area of the district, collected about 10 kilograms of plastic and polythene from their village and surrounding areas. They had made polybricks of the collected waste and handed it over to panchayat.