KATHMANDU, April 29: With so much urban waste polluting our cities these days, it is only rational to make an effort to recycle whatever re-useable byproducts we can find. Many acts of recycling have started because of the global awareness of environmental degradation and eco-friendliness.
Recycling is a very integral part of the modern waste reduction hierarchy, ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ and young Nepalis aren’t far behind in joining the cause or should we say a way of living.
“I use plastic bags to carry household products, empty plastic or glass bottles to store household products such as sugar, salt etc. And I sell papers to those who recycle it. And organic waste I use to make fertilizer,” says Sushant Thapa, 20, Bachelors of Business Studies (BBS) student at National College.
Recycling in its strictest sense means producing the same material from used versions of the material but recycling has turned simpler these days, with people working on recycling simple household wastes by themselves by experimenting with them in various artistic forms.
“I use old newspapers and other waste papers to making paper briquettes where as plastic bottles and other cans I use in making various decorative items like pen holders, piggy bank, etc,” says Atish Singh, 23, student of Bachelors in Industrial Engineering at the Institute of Engineering, Thapathali.
Modern day recycling and reusing has also taken an artistic turn with many international and local artists working with waste products to create sculptures or painting.
Artists, giving in to their artistic streak, have given birth to a whole new dimension of recycle art. Even architects and engineers have started acknowledging global pollution and have begun work on green and sustainable projects.
“Anything appropriate to paint on like newspapers, CD´s, RedBull cans, pieces of wood among other things can be turned into paintings. I love painting on them,” says 22 years old, Binaya Humagain, a student of Fine Arts at Lalit Kala Campus.
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