A group of residents from the city have taken it upon themselves to teach the next generation about recycling, waste management and preservation of the environment. Over 40 children from the Shipra Krishna Vista Apartments in Indirapuram are creating small gardens with scrap.
Several decorative as well as medicinal plants have been planted in these gardens. The children are using tyres instead of flower pots, to grow these plants.
“There were many old tyres lying around the society for the last two years. We thought we could use it for something creative, instead of paying the local garbage man to dispose of the tyres,” said Jaya Saxena, a resident of the Shipra Krishna Apartments, who is involved in the initiative.
“In order to avoid any toxic emission from the tyres, we have covered them in primer and have also drilled holes so that water can seep into the soil. The basic purpose behind using tyres was to show that waste materials can also be used to decorate our surroundings if we think creatively,” said C Krishna, another resident.
The children were asked to paint the tyres with bright colours and also adopt a plant of their choice, for which they would be responsible.
Eight residents of the society formed a horticulture committee a year ago to look after the society’s plants. The committee also conducts a monthly workshop on waste management for children.
“The monthly workshop for the young ones includes moral education, besides waste management education. The children are taken for a walk around the society and taught to identify and cure unhealthy plants,” said Kavita Shah, a resident involved in the garden initiative.
“During any cultural function held in the society, each child that participates is given a plant as a token of remembrance. It also incorporates the habit of nurturing a plant in the child,” said Amit Aggarwal, president of the Shipra Krishna Vista Apartments RWA.