A campaign for reduced solid wastes has been supported and extended | WWF

A campaign for reduced solid wastes has been supported and extended



Posted on 08 May 2018
In addition to the promotional activities, the eco-club members made and displayed the objects made of waste materials for the school children and local residents.
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WWF Mongolia supports eco-clubs at schools in rural areas in order to encourage school children to take part in conservation activities. One of the most recent activities jointly undertaken by the WWF Mongolia and eco-clubs was a monthly campaign for reduced solid wastes.  The campaign, initiated by the eco-club members, was organized in seven soums of Govi-Altay aimag (province) and two soums of Khovd aimag (province), which are a home to the Mongolian saiga. 
Under the campaign, the eco-club members were active in educational and promotional activities on how to reduce solid wastes within their school environments. At the end of the monthly event, the eco-club members organized a conclusion meeting in Bayan-Uul soum of Govi-Altay province. On the meeting, the campaign organizers and audience summarized and shared what they have learned, what were successes and lessons, and what should be done in the future.       
During the campaign, the eco-club members weighted the solid wastes produced at their schools every Friday and a total of 627 kg of solid wastes were recorded. When sorted them out, the majority was waste papers. Thus, they focused on promotion of reduction of this type of waste.  In addition to the promotional activities, the eco-club members made and displayed the objects made of waste materials for the school children and local residents. A key message to the campaign audience was to reduce household and school solid wastes and to be environmentally friendly in their daily lives. All the attendants positively accepted to the campaign and its messages.       
Waste was not a single topic during the campaign. The eco-club members carried out some other creative works.  For instance, eco-club members of the school in Bayan-Uul soum of Govi-Altay aimag initiated to change light bulbs with energy efficient fluorescent lamps in the school dormitory and the task was successfully accomplished.  There were 68 light bulbs used in the dormitory.  Thus, “One eco-club-Eight fluorescent lamps” was called for and a total of 72 such lamps were donated by nine eco-clubs.  As a result of these contributions, the light bulbs in the dormitory were all changed by the energy efficiency lamps.  One of positive things seen at the monthly campaign end was that wastes thrown in open areas were notably reduced according to the campaign organizers.  As the campaign for reduced solid wastes was highly supported by the school children, the organizers decided to continue it until June, 2018.  
 
In addition to the promotional activities, the eco-club members made and displayed the objects made of waste materials for the school children and local residents.
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A key message to the campaign audience was to reduce household and school solid wastes and to be environmentally friendly in their daily lives.
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