Closing the tap – an initiative towards better waste management

The idea behind closing the tap is actually a story; if your house is flooded due to an over flow of water what would you do? Close the tap first? Or would you clean up the wet area in your house?
Normally people would close the taps. This indicates that people want to remove a particular problem completely from its roots. So, to reduce waste we need to stop using materials that pollute the environment completely which is not practically possible.

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Arsha Vidya Mandir, a school located in Guindy, trying its best to reduce the amount of waste by thinking of innovative ideas relating to the themes given to each group of students. The school tries its best to even implement the same and try to make a difference.

This school is known to be one of those schools who have adapted this idea of reducing waste through closing the tap theme. The students of the school are trying to reduce waste by segregating it through three bins kept in each classroom which are mixed, plastic and paper bins. The students are required to put the waste in the respective bins. This helps the school segregate the waste.

The school has started this new programme called ‘The Clean Lab,’ wherein the students are grouped, and they are given a theme, like short films, street play, apps and games, celebrity campaign. Here the students are supposed to think of innovative ways for reducing waste. This is a completely student-involvement programme with the help of mentors like Ribhu and Chandra they are known for or famous for ‘Closing the Tap’ i.e. innovative methods to reduce waste! So the school and students are trying their best to reduce the amount of waste by thinking of innovative ideas relating to the themes given to each group they try their best to even implement the same and try to make a difference.

This school only encourages eco-friendly products it even takes its pupils on a monthly farm visit were they are taught how to do agricultural work and farm related activities. The students help in preparing the soil bed to sow the seeds, prepare compost and also harvest the same. Later they are also given some of this harvest like organic rice, vegetables and etc. It’s completely 100% organic! This not only reduces waste but it also helps the students have a healthy appetite.


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