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TRICHY: An initiative, ‘Students @ clean Trichy’, launched by city corporation a couple of months back to promote best solid waste management practice among school children saw a participation of 1.75 lakh students. During the valedictory event held at St Joseph’s College here on Wednesday, a student each from 365 schools, who topped the contest at school-level, was awarded a bicycle each.

This initiative was launched in June 2018 coinciding with the anniversary of corporation’s mandatory source segregation practice. Civic body along with 365 school managements had distributed green report cards to students, which served as an assessment tool with house address, ward number and contact number of day-scholar parents or guardians. Few questions were asked to ascertain whether source segregation was practiced at the child’s house and to find out if routine waste collection was taking place.

The assessment commenced by July 1 and went on till July 31, during which sanitary workers and officers were supervising the adherence of child’s household to segregation of waste at source. On July 31, the green report cards were collected back by school managements. Top three cards of children (based on source segregation for maximum number of days in efficient manner) per school were selected and forwarded to the civic body. Subsequently, 1,095 school children were selected for prizes from 365 schools which included bicycle for students who grabbed first prize, wrist watch as second prize, and an English dictionary as the third prize.

On Wednesday, as many as 365 students were handed over a bicycle each for efficiently persuading their parents to segregate waste at source. “I feel happy to see the spirit of school children who participated. Similarly, as state government has banned plastic bags from next year, we should avoid it to keep our environment free from pollution,” district collector, K Rajamani said, after distributing prizes. Corporation commissioner, N Ravichandran said that several civic bodies across the country were planning to emulate the same.

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