Recycling involves the collection of used and discarded materials processing these materials and making them into new products. It reduces the amount of waste that is thrown into the community dustbins thereby making the environment cleaner and the air more fresh to breathe. Growing up, we have written—and doodled—our way through many a school notebook. What remained constant was the number of pages that remained empty at the end of the school year. Conscious parents encouraged us to reuse the remaining pages, but to be fair, the appeal of new stationery was hard to resist. This initiative creates notebooks for rural students from the blank pages of used notebooks.The activity involves collecting used notebooks from schools, apartment buildings and communities. The emphasis is on standard-issue notebooks used by school children that can be rebound seamlessly. The notebooks are dropped in labelled cartons placed in educational institutions and communities, and collected by volunteers. The blank pages are taken from notebooks and journals, and are rebound to make next-to-new notebooks for children studying in rural schools. The volunteers also collect unused notebooks and journals. The project began in schools, as the volunteers hoped to educate urban children on the value of reusing paper. There are two eco-friendly measures to consider—on one hand, recycling notebooks can contribute to saving the vast quantities of water required to produce paper. Simultaneously, it can also minimise—at least in some quantities—the number of trees being cut for the purpose of manufacturing writing paper.

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