Thursday, August 28, 2008

School Trash Bank Helps Reduce Rubbish

August 25th, 2008 by King Kong Janoi Print This Post/Page

Thailand_Rubbish_School2__web_.JPGWhat to do with rubbish is a problem every country in Asia is facing.

Burning rubbish contributes to global warming and we are running out of land to use as garbage dumps. Plastic bags cog the regions rivers killing fish and wildlife.

Reducing, Recycling, and Re-use recycling as become a urgent and immediately task for us all.

Leading the way is the Thammachote Suksalai School in Suphanburi, 200 kilometers North West of Bangkok. It’s publics run a garbage bank are earn money saving the environment.

King Kong Janoi visited the inspiring school.

Students make flowers out of used plastic bottles.

Pupils at this school in North-West Thailand are recycling champions.

On site is a garbage bank where they collect, recycle, re-use and sell rubbish.

Sunisa Suandokmai is one of the volunteers running the garbage bank.

“I am happy to work saving the environment because we can earn money recycling garbage. I have also learned from my teachers about global warming and I want to do something to stop the planet from getting hotter and hotter.”

The garbage bank was set up two years ago. Now every day before the end of school students trade rubbish.

Students collect rubbish from the school grounds or bring waste from their homes.

The waste is then separated into three groups-paper, plastic, and aluminum.

They then sell what they can to recycling collectors and use the rest to make products to sell at the market.

Over two years the school has earned more than three thousand US dollars from the project.

One of the teachers, Ampanan Mekchai says they try to recycle everything.

She says, Organic waste is made into fertilizer and sold to local farmers.

Used cooking oil is mixed together with methanol and sodium hydroxide to make bio-diesel which fuels the schools garbage truck.

“I am really happy about our work because although it’s small we are helping the country by reducing garbage and slowing climate change.”

Teacher Vannaporn Mukda calls on other schools to follow their lead.

“We want to urge other school in other province to save our world. Even though, we don’t have much budget from the government for doing this the impact of the community, the students and the environment is really significant.”

The garbage bank also buys computers and electrical appliances that are no longer functional.

Students learning mechanics practice their skills by fixing them.

They also encourage their students to reject plastic bags and across the campus, students proudly carry renewable cloth bags.

“To fight global warming we encourage students to plant trees at school and at home. We also encourage student to use public transport as much as they can. We are do not allow the student to burn the garbage and ask them to sell it at the garbage bank instead.”

Last year the school won an environmental award from Thailand’s Ministry for the environment.

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