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Vizag Zoo Park launches a new collaboration with India Youth Society for Plastic Waste Management

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam has started a new collaboration with India Youth for Society organization for plastic waste management and safe disposal in the Zoo. To initiate this collaboration, an awareness program on “Plastic Waste Management” was organized at Zoo Bioscope for Gardening section staff and other staff who deal with waste disposal in the Zoo.

This collaboration aims to reduce the use of single use plastic and safe disposal of the plastic and other waste generated in the Zoo, informed Dr.Nandani Salaria, IFS, Curator, IGZP. Mr. Appala Reddy, President, India Youth for Society, explained to the staff how to separate and collect plastic waste from the zoo.

The zoo gardening staff was briefed on the methods of collecting and sorting different types of plastic waste such as milk packets, cool drink bottles and polythene, etc. In collaboration with IYFS, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park will work on the following aspects:

Lecture and Interactive session on Plastic Waste Management rules and their relevance to Zoo Park intended to sensitize the staff at IGZP.

Training and Demo session on Segregation of Plastics for people handling garbage inside IGZP especially at canteen, left side road near the main gate and near the Sagar Gate.

Follow up on implementation of plastic waste handling every 2 weeks for about 3 months.

Temporary and movable counters for garbage & plastics for temporary storage and then transportation of the waste to nearest warehouse of IYFS.

Awareness campaigns for sensitizing public and zoo visitors. IGZP has already been taking many initiatives inside and outside the Zoo to beat plastic pollution and this collaboration will help us to achieve better results in this aspect, said Curator.

Assistant Curator Uma Maheshwari, Forest Section Officers, Zoo Education Team, IYFS members has participated in this program.

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