Next time you finish sipping your favourite fizzy drink, think before you trash it.
There are lots of creative things that you can do with the bottle or can and similar waste materials that we discard, says a Dehradun-based group of youngsters — who call themselves the ‘Focused Tales’.
Concerned over Dehradun’s low ranking in the recently published nationwide survey to assess cleanliness of state capitals — 26 among the 29 state capitals of India — the group volunteered to transform the city parks and open space using discarded materials.
“Our hearts bled to see that Dehradun, which was once famous as a clean and green city, has today come down to this (poor ranking),” Daniyal Jamshed, a commerce graduate and president of the group, told HT.
“Shaken up, we thought of incorporating the idea of recycling different types of waste materials creatively so that Doonites can take a leaf out of it in the city’s collective fight against garbage,” he said.
“The point we want to drive home is that scrap materials like plastic and glass bottles and rubber tyres can be recycled to give a much-needed facelift to public spaces with a little dash of creativity.
“The park project is inspired by the Chandigarh Rock Garden that is completely built of industrial and domestic waste and discarded materials.”
The group also wants to encourage people to use discarded materials in a creative and productive way in their houses. “The idea is to attract the attention of the people and educate children and families about the importance of recycling.
“We have approached the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) with the proposal to transform the city parks and public spaces starting with the makeover of the Pundit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Park on the Gandhi Road, barely 50m from the Clock Tower.
“The plan is to use recycled waste material for setting up plantation, lighting, pond, children’s section, benches and other decorative items in the parks.”
The group will have more than 50 members working on the park project, Jamshed said.
The DMC — responsible for the upkeep of most of the city parks — is keen on taking up the project that aims to spread awareness about intelligent recycling of waste material.
“We have reviewed the group’s presentation to us and are keen on considering the proposal. We are currently working out the details after which the project can be taken forward,” municipal commissioner Nitin Singh Bhadauria told Hindustan Times.