Pune students practice waste management

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 10:30 hrs

A group of private school students here, are practicing and promoting the management of waste to create awareness about the environment.

The principal of the school came up with a unique idea of creating a terrace garden where plants are grown with the help of organic waste.

A student, Shivani, described it as an effort by each student to do their bit for decreasing pollution in the city.

"From June till August there was a major problem of garbage in Pune. To find a solution for that problem, our school principal gave us this idea. I like this project. We use remains of vegetables and put it in pots. I feel that I am doing something to decrease pollution," said Shivani.

Students use their household garbage and sow seeds to grow flowers, fruits, vegetables and medicines.

Also, wet garbage and dry waste like plastic, buckets and boxes are used in terrace farming.

A teacher, Subhada Rajguru, said: "Our experience after the completion of this project is that earlier we used to cover topics of the syllabus like soil erosion and natural resources in class itself, but with this project we are able to teach these topics practically."

The technique to grow plants from organic waste is simple. After one has selected the plant, put some soil into the container. In a few minutes, put in some solid kitchen waste, along with dry leaves and dry flowers. The mixture needs to be watered for a day, after which the seeds can be sown. It takes about six months for fruits to grow.

Nowadays, farmers are also getting involved in composting wet waste, due to the spiralling price of organic manure. (ANI)

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