Solid Waste Segregation in Schools
Solid Waste Segregation in Schools

The Environment Care Association, (ECA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment & NDU proposes to launch an intensive sensitization campaign for the sorting out of solid wastes in all primary schools of Mauritius and is thus proposing to implement a project entitled “ Solid waste segregation in schools”.

The Environment Care Association has been established in 2006 by some senior officers who have retired from the Ministry of Environment & NDU. These officers have a long and rich experience of environmental issues and have volunteered to use this experience to sensitize the population on the subject of environment protection and preservation.

The ECA, with the support of the GEF/SGP and the HSBC is already implementing a sensitization project on climate change in schools since 2007. This project will complement the ongoing one and the idea behind the project is to inculcate the concept of sorting of waste into its various components for recycling or composting by school children, who would be more apt to learn this new habit. In essence, each school depending on the school population will be provided with 2-4 labeled plastics bins to be used by pupils for the disposal of waste paper material and 2-4 polypet bags for the disposal of PET bottles. The sorted out waste will be collected regularly by the local private recyclers. Biodegradable waste will either be composted on site at school or disposed of in the normal way by the local authorities or by contractors.

The project will be fully explained in the morning assembly by the Headmasters and resource persons from the ECA and the Ministry of Environment & NDU. Talks/presentations will be made on the topics together with on-site demonstrations. The project will be implemented in primary schools in the first instance and may be extended to secondary schools at a later stage.

The intended results of this project are:
• school children will be sensitized at an early age to acquire the habit of sorting out of waste so that they will behave as eco- citizen in future;
• the children will in turn influence their parents to start sorting out their waste and to compost their biodegradable waste at home;
• In the long run this will lead to a reduction of the quantity of waste going to the landfill or the incinerator, a reduction in greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide and a reduction of dioxins and furans from incinerator.
• The project will contribute to resource conservation and compatible with the concept of sustainable island.
• This project will complement the ongoing project on climate change with a more comprehensive and practical approach.

The total cost of the project is Rs.1,115,250 including Rs.150,000 as in kind contribution from the Ministry of Environment & NDU for delivery of 100 talks. The main items of expenditure are the purchase of 750 plastics bins of 75L capacity, 750 polypet bags of 200L capacity, the purchase of one set of equipment (laptop, projector, screen) for delivering the talks, the preparation of support materials such as posters and pamphlets and the delivery of 300 talks in schools. The Ministry of Environment & NDU will purchase and supply 750 plastic bins & 750 plastic bags. Additionally, the MOE&NDU will bear the cost for preparation and printing of resource material development including posters & pamphlets. The Ministry of Environment, through the Ministry of Education will secure the collaboration of the Zone Directors and Headmasters for the success of the project.
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Project Snapshot

Environment Care Association
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 19,046.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 34,349.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,862.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity building in waste segregation at school level
Notable Community Participation
Comprehensive support materials (posters and pamphlets) will be prepared to assist Headmasters to grasp the purpose and the benefits of the project so that they can explain clearly to their students initially. The project will target all primary schools in the country. The Ministry of Environment & NDU, through the Ministry of Education, Culture & HRD will secure the collaboration of the Zone Directors and the Headmasters for the success of the project.
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Ministry of Environment & NDU

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Mr. Ramgoolam


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Mrs. Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo
(230) 213 53 84
(230) 212 14 11


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