‘Trash for Education’ is a scheme designed by Green Campus Initiative (GCI) to eliminate waste through the proper waste collection, sorting, trading, reuse and recycle. The system rewards people who trade their valuable wastes and other unused materials with formal education, educational materials, and vocational training. ‘Trash for Education’ creates value for participants through the revenues generated from waste reuse and recycling. The process involves a chain beginning with the collection and submission of waste by participants – followed by the quantification of the waste and conversion to credit points – then the use of credits to fund the educational needs of the participant.
In addition to providing education and educational support materials, GCI hopes to use this medium to create employment and train people on waste management. It will also create an avenue for donation to the sustainability cause of GCI. Individuals can support the organisation by collecting and giving waste to the organisation as a substitute for monetary donations. Beyond an assured remuneration for waste collectors and ultimate value for end users, it is anticipated that ‘Trash for education’ will foster the development of desirable values of communal benefit in our societies.