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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)

DGSE tells schools to ban plastic

Shoots off letters to school heads directing to celebrate World Environment Day

Theme selected this year

  • The step has been taken in the backdrop that this year India is the global host for celebrating World Environment Day on June 5.
  • The theme selected by the United Nations Environment Programme for this year is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 16

Following the orders of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the Director General of School Education has shot off letters to school heads directing them to celebrate World Environment Day and also impose a complete ban on the use of plastic products on the school premises.

The step has been taken in the backdrop that this year India is the global host for celebrating World Environment Day on June 5.

The theme selected by the United Nations Environment Programme for this year is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is the nodal agency, which will be undertaking programmes relating to plastic pollution.

The ministry has approved a series of regulatory measures and has launched awareness programmes for minimising usage of plastic, including collection, reduction, reuse and recycle plastic.

The ministry has thus urged the schools to undertake environment awareness programmes so that the schools become plastic free.

For such schools that claim to have become plastic free, the ministry shall be certifying them as ‘Green School’ and a certificate will be awarded.

The school authorities have been asked to encourage the children and other staff to stop the use of plastic items.

These may include plastic water bottles, plastic carry bags, plastic cups, plastic plates and plastic water jugs.

Children should also be discouraged from bringing plastic wrappers to school.

The schools may even go a step ahead and adopt a water body, pond, wetland, beach or eco-sensitive areas in or around schools/colleges and make these plastic free.

Cleanliness drives in the surrounding areas should be undertaken on various occasions, including prescribed holidays.

The DGSE has also instructed the schools to observe World Environment Day between May 15 and 31 during which competitions on the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ will be held, apart from a plantation drive to be organised on the school premises involving students and staff members.

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