BANGALORE: While many were savouring a lazy morning, volunteers of Clean and Green joined hands with the management students of CMR Institute of Management Studies (CMRIMS) to clean the city. Over 15 students volunteered towards this cause and the clean up began with Cubbon Park on Sunday. The students of CMRIMS split up and searched the park for several hours collecting litter, mainly plastic waste. They showed an understanding of waste segregation when they separated plastic waste that can be reused in different forms on recycling. They collected all non-biodegradable waste from the Park, segregated it and sent it to C K Plastic, a company that buys plastic waste. Nikhil, a student of CMRIMS, said, “We collected all sorts of plastic waste. We picked up used water bottles, plastic glasses and chips packets that were thrown around the park. We collected over eight kg of waste which was later picked up by the company in a small carrier on the same day.”
The organisation has cleaned other places earlier but this was the first time they worked with students. The CMRIMS students, inspired by this venture, contributed their support in full strength. Another student said, “The volunteers inspired us a lot. The manager of C K Plastic also gave us a small talk about how we can reduce and reuse plastic. He inspired everyone to recycle plastic. The company pays `6 per kg for plastic waste. But none of us are doing this for money. We are doing this for a better tomorrow.”
Their efforts also spread awareness at Cubbon Park. Their work in picking up waste caught the attention of passersby, who were later briefed about pollution and garbage segregation.
The Clean and Green organisation is a venture that was started by a group of enthusiastic volunteers from various multi-national companies. The organisation was created with a vision to solve the litter problem in various parts of the state and to work for a clean country.
The organisation cleans various picnic spots and tourist sights to make the city litter-free, especially from plastic waste.