"Citizens can leave anything from books, clothes, shoes, toys etc, which can be recycled or reused," the GHMC said.

Hyderabad now give away your old books clothes at GHMCs new centre made of recycled plastic
news Environment Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:59

In a unique initiative, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has established a ‘Give and Share' centre near Shilparamam in Madhapur.

Stating that it was an expansion of the Wall of Kindness initiative, the municipal body said, "Citizens can leave anything from books, news papers, old clothes, shoes, old furniture, toys etc, which can be recycled or reused."

The items that are left, can be picked up later by any person who is in need, from the centre itself.

The Wall of Kindness initiative worked on the same concept, but was a single wall, instead of a centre, which resulted in the donations getting damaged due to the weather. 

What is even more appealing about the centre, is that it is made out of recycled plastic bottles, under the 'Recycle India' initiative by 'Bamboo House India', a Hyderabad-based company that builds houses out of bamboo.

"We started working on it around a month ago, and it took around 1,500 bottles to make. There are two messages to be conveyed here," Prashant Lingam, one of the founders of the company, told The News Minute.

"The first one of course, is to ‘Give and Share'. The other, is to reuse and recycle," he adds.

Prashant also credits Harichandana Dasari, the GHMC zonal commissioner of Serlingampally, for taking up the initiative, and actively promoting eco-friendly methods.

Prashant now plans to supply five storage bins for the centre, where people can deposit the items.

"We are using large 250 litre storage drums, and plan to label each one of them. Four drums will be marked for toys, clothes, shoes and books, while one will be for miscellaneous items, which cannot be quantified," he says.

There is also a clothes hanger at the centre, for people who plan to donate their old clothes.

In May this year, the company had built its own "recycled" bus stop, made entirely out of plastic bottles, at Swaroopnagar colony in Uppal.

"After the bus shelter, since the state government was promoting the tree plantation initiative 'Haritha Haram', we also made tree guards out of plastic. The GHMC is also considering to establish several 'pet bottle collection centres' across the city, to encourage more people to recycle. If we collect the bottles, it also greatly reduces our production cost," Prashant says. 

The company's website can be found here


Read: Bend it like bamboo: Meet the Hyderabad couple building eco-friendly houses with the plant


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