Civitas, a dynamic non-profit organization, founded and led by two visionary high school students, Rithvik Jampana and Sideesh Reddy, from Sreenidhi International School, proudly announces the inauguration of the first public e-waste collection bin in Hyderabad. This momentous occasion marks a significant milestone in Civitas’ mission to transform waste management practices in India and extend support to underprivileged communities.
With an unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, Civitas has already made commendable strides in Hyderabad’s waste management landscape. The organization has set up e-waste and fabric waste collection bins in gated over 20 residential communities, established a waste processing plant in the villages of Yenkapally and Jeevanguda that recycles over 1000 kgs of the village’s wet and dry waste per day, and distributed over 500 essential health kits to hyderabad’s ragpickers. These initiatives have not only contributed to cleaner communities but have also improved the livelihoods of marginalized individuals.
Civitas is now embarking on the next phase of its journey by expanding its e-waste collection network throughout Hyderabad. In collaboration with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Civitas successfully unveiled their inaugural e-waste bin in Madhapur on September 1st. This marks the beginning of a citywide initiative to responsibly collect and dispose of electronic waste, safeguarding the environment from hazardous materials and toxins found in electronic devices.
Aside from that, they have also engaged 200+ young minds in the mission by making youth groups to help with their other initiatives, ranging from local water-body cleanups to handling operations in three countries, including the US and UAE. They believe that by harnessing the power of collective action, we can create a sustainable and inclusive future for all. Civitas welcomes all Hyderabad residents to join them in this crucial endeavor by responsibly disposing of their e-waste in the newly established collection bins.
They are looking forward to making even more changes in the near future. Plans are already in motion to establish 5 more public E-Waste bins. Additionally, the organization is looking into providing affordable healthcare (Aarogyasri) to rag pickers around the city, the founders stated that “this is now their main objective”.
If you would like to contribute to their cause, contact them at: +91 9154185335 or reach out to them via mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view their work on their website: civitasindia.org or on instagram at civitas.hyd