Proper waste management have a beneficial impact on people’s lives: PRC

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Pakistan Red Crescent-Sindh, with the support of the German Red Cross, organized a Waste Segregation Competition under Urban Action Kit (UAK) Project at Al-Aghza Colony Orangi Town, Karachi.

More than 250 people from local communities attended the event, and participants received prizes.

According to a press release, PRC-Sindh provided proper waste management training and subsequently announced a Waste Segregation Competition two weeks ago.

The residents of Orangi Town showed a high level of enthusiasm and participation in the competition held on Sunday.

Participants prepared various items such as different gift and decoration items from the discarded plastic bottles, cardboard and paper. They also made compost from the kitchen’s wet garbage.

PRC-Sindh distributed hundreds of prizes in the form of five prizes to five households in each street. Prizes included juicer machines, dinner sets, electric blenders, sewing machines and dustbins.

Arzo Kanwal, UAK Project Officer, addressed the audience and stated that proper waste management has a positive influence on people’s lives.

PRC-Sindh is also encouraging handwashing practices in schools, as well as other actions such as changing sanitation workers’ behavior and distributing dustbins to separate garbage, she added.

Muhammad Sajjad, PRC-Sindh Program Manager for Disaster Management, urged that now is an ideal time to consider Reducing, Reuse and Recycle household garbage in order to build a clean environment and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Ghulam Rasool Farooqui, Program Coordinator German Red Cross in Sindh, said that this initiative is a part of the Urban Action Kit (UAK) project.

UAK is a quick-start, low-cost, do-it-yourself guide to urban resilience activities that increase a community-based organization’s visibility and engagement on urban issues, he added.

Officials of Sindh Solid Waste Management Board and Al-Waseela Trust attended the event and appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Red Crescent Sindh in raising awareness about proper waste management in backward communities in urban areas.