ISM's recycling and eco-awareness initiatives

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Indian School Muscat (ISM) promotes recycling through schoolwide activities that encourage active participation. Dr Rajeev Kumar Chauhan, principal, ISM, told Muscat Daily that a number of initiatives have been taken by the school.

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Not only do the children learn while doing the activities, recycling projects also make the school a cleaner and greener environment. Recycling projects are incorporated into Earth Day activities or practised all the year-round. The Eco Club students are the champions of this cause.

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The biggest learning that has been instilled in the minds of children is to not cover the notebooks with brown paper as recycling one tonne of paper can save 17 trees, 26,500lt of water, 1,400lt of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000kW of energy - enough to power the average home for six months - and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric tonne of carbon equivalent (MTCE).

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How does ISM minimise paper usage?

1. Students now use old newspapers to cover their notebooks and textbooks.

2. All old books, notebooks, paper, envelopes, catalogues are regularly disposed of by the students in the Muscat Daily paper recycling bins kept in seven strategic locations around the campus.

3. Monthly circulars were first given as hard copies and now due to this recycling initiative, it has been reduced to an absolutely bare minimum.

4. Apart from the 3Rs, the 4Ps – Purpose, Plan, Persistence and Patience are instilled in the minds of ISM students.

Dr Chauhan added, “What we are living with is the result of human choices and in our school, we educate our children in making better and wiser choices.”

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