Toxics Link in collaboration with HRA E-waste Private Limited organized an ‘E-waste Awareness and Collection Drive’ in Pavitra Apartment, Vasundhara Enclave on 5th June 2014, the World Environment Day. The programme was supported by The Department of Environment, Govt. of Delhi.

The idea behind the campaign was to make residents aware about the e-waste concerns and also provide them an option to be ‘green citizens’ by disposing their old electronics in an environmentally sound manner. The event was organized with the help of the Resident Welfare Association who showed great enthusiasm in working on the cause. The highlight of the programme was the active involvement of children in managing the event.

Prior to the event, a group of ten children was formed within the building complex which spearheaded the drive –visiting every home to invite and convince the residents to be part of the programme, making e-waste collection bins and urging residents to discard their old electronics in a safe manner. The event started in the morning with various competitions for the children in the complex such as slogan & poster making on e-waste and waste crossword.  The programme continued in the evening with lectures and talks on e-waste hazards and impacts of improper disposal on environment, which was followed by a lively discussion on citizens’ role and responsibilities in improving e-waste management. The e-waste posters, which were put on display, were also highly appreciated by the residents. At the end of the programme, children who took initiative in organizing the campaign along with the winners of the competitions were felicitated with certificates and prizes.

An e-waste bin was also placed in the community centre of the society by HRA E-waste Pvt. Ltd (an authorized collection agency) for a week which provided residents an opportunity to dispose of their e-waste in a proper manner. A small but effective step towards a sustainable future!

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