Foundation Sensitizes Students on Waste Recycling, Launches Club » NGNews247

The non-profit organization TURN Plastic Foundation trained students at Bloombreed High School in Portharcourt Elelenwo to turn waste into treasure by recycling plastic bottles.

During the event, Ms. Ihuoma Njemanze, Program Manager at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), highlighted the importance of environmental sustainability on Monday.

Emphasizing the importance of turning waste into wealth at a workshop, the NGO taught SS1 students at Bloombreed High School how to turn waste into wealth by recycling plastic bottles

Mrs Ihuoma Njemanze said the Foundation worked with its supporters to present video presentations that shed light on the origins and impact of plastic on the environment, in line with their mission to promote sustainable waste management, segregation, sorting and recycling since childhood. She said it was part of an event set aside by the NGO to mark this year’s World Environment Day.

According to her, the foundation launched an “environmental protection club” at the school during the celebration, aiming to stimulate students’ enthusiasm for recycling.

Njemanze said the foundation will support the club with learning resources, art materials and excursions.

Recall that the theme of World Environment Day 2023 under the #Beat Plastic Pollution movement is “Solutions to Plastic Pollution”.

“The TURN Plastic Foundation was commissioned in February last year and has a 1,000-ton capacity plant, which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 750 tons per year, which is equivalent to planting about 4,500 trees per year,” she said.

“As part of its environmental awareness campaign focused on behavior change, the TURN Plastic Foundation has developed an innovative program called: Training the Children (TUC). part of the campaign to demonstrate their commitment to combating plastic pollution and building a greener, more sustainable future. The ultimate goal is to raise environmental awareness among young Nigerians and instil a sense of responsibility in future generations,” said Mrs Njemanze.

During the event, students actively participated in various interactive sessions, including an arts and crafts activity where they learned creative ways to reuse plastic. They also participated in a quiz session that tested their knowledge of plastic and plastic waste.

“To add to the excitement, the students also visited the TURN plastic recycling plant in Elelenwo, which was informative,” she added.

Following the success of the inaugural event, Mrs Njemanze expressed the foundation’s commitment to reach out to over 23 schools in Port Harcourt and set up recycling centers to keep the positive momentum going.

Additionally, the foundation intends to empower young people by offering them the opportunity to earn income through cash rewards for depositing plastic waste in designated recycling bins. Through these efforts, the TURN Plastic Foundation aims to educate young people and consumers on the importance of plastic recycling, while encouraging the purchase of products made with post-consumer recycled resin (PCR).

In her closing remarks, Ms. Njemanze thanked collaborators and partners Mr. Leo Nwofa and Ms. Uloma Airhienbuwa for their valuable contributions to the success of the event.

“The TURN Plastics Foundation strongly believes that individuals play a vital role in achieving sustainable development and encourages active public participation in environmental protection. The Foundation welcomes partnerships and collaborations from institutions and the public,” she said.

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