Do you know that the tetra packs you throw away on the streets can be used to make the solid roof which protects you from sun and rain? Saahas, a city-based nongovernmental organisation working with solid waste in association with Tetra Pak India Private Limited, is converting tetra packs in to utility products.
Saahas collects waste materials which are diverted from landfill and dump sites for recycling.
Akash Anil Shetty, co-ordinator for tetra pack collection programme of Sahaas told Express that they collect tetra packs from various sources in Bangalore, including dealers and various collection centres.
“We have tied up with five private schools in the city.
Students of these schools hand over the used tetra packs to us,” he said.
After collecting the packs, they break them into small pieces and send them to manufacturing units in Thane in Maharashtra and Wapi in Gujarat.
“These units convert pieces into thick sheets measuring from 5 mm to 25 mm using the mixture of poly and aluminium and send them back.
Those sheets could be converted into the chairs, desk tables, cots and other furniture by the carpenter.
These sheets can also be used as roofs,” he added.
Explaining the advantages, he said these sheets are unbreakable, fire-proof, and all-weather materials.
They also have excellent illumination capacity which can save power.
At the same time, they have low heat absorption property.
“It is as good as using wood.
It will not break even if they fix the metal nail,” he said.
The NGO has donated roof sheets, chairs, benches and desks made of these tetra packs to three government schools in Anekal.
They are planning to donate to other government schools as well.
Sahaas took part in the “Spoorthi 2012”, an annual civic fest organised by Children’s movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) on Saturday.
The volunteers of the organisation urged students who participated in the fest to pick up the used tetra packs from their schools.
Akash also wanted students and teachers of other schools in the city to collect tetra packs.
“It is also lessens the burden on landfill.
Once they collect, at least 10 kilo of tetra pack, all they need to do is just call us and we will pick it up,” he urged.
He also said that they go to parents-teachers meeting and put up stalls and request their participation for the same