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Dhaka Tribune

City polls banners turned into school bags

As of now, the Bidyanondo Foundation has made 20 bags, and is expecting to recycle 1,100 banners into a total of 250-300 bags

Update : 06 Feb 2020, 11:51 PM

After initially deciding to recycle laminated posters into notebooks, Bidyanondo Foundation has now come up with a new idea to help the city rid itself of the plastic banners used in the recent Dhaka city polls. The banners and posters will now be converted into school bags.

Stepping up their recycling efforts with yet another initiative following the mess created by the recently held city corporation elections, the charity organization is now turning banners made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a type of plastic used in the election campaign, into school bags for underprivileged children.

City dwellers had expressed concern over the use of the millions of laminated posters that were looming over the capital, out of fear that they would be catastrophic for the environment.

There are 1,000 underprivileged students in six schools and six orphanages run by the organization across the country.

“We are making these with PVC banners only,” said Habibur Rahman Samrat, finance officer at Bidyanondo’s Dhaka branch.

“We have got about 1,100 pieces of PVC banners so far. All of them are from only one person, Atiqul Islam.”

Atiqul Islam is the mayor-elect of Dhaka North City Corporation.

Although they could manage laminated posters from other mayoral candidates, they got PVC banners from Atiqul only.

“We are colleting the materials on our own,” he said.

In processing the PVC, bags are made by sewing and joining with gum, he added.

The plain opposite side of the PVC banners are being used as outer layers of the bags. There are also small printed flowers on the bags to make them more beautiful, he said.

However, this official said   that Bidyanondo needed to spend a lot of money in collecting the banners and turning them into bags. They have also collected over 20 tons of posters.

When asked how they had come up with the plan to recycle the plastic waste left behind after the election campaign, he said: “We were thinking about utilizing plastic for a long period of time. While making our stall at the book fair, we hit on the idea of using abandoned plastic.

“In the meantime, the election came around. We thought that since we were working for children, why didn’t we utilize those for them?”

"Besides, it was in our mind that there were a lot of underprivileged students who did not have bags to carry books, especially during the rainy season. The bags could be provided for free of cost,” he added.

Bidyanondo Foundation has gained popularity for its diverse humanitarian works. It has made its own stall at the Dhaka and Chittagong book fairs by collecting plastic materials from Cox’s Bazar seashores, plastic bottles and one-time-use boxes, waste paper, electronics, polythene and other materials.

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