AAI's Women's Welfare Association, Kalyanmayee, recycles old confidential files into brand new products; spreads awareness about 'go green' initiative
The initiative of recycling paper, started by the women's association of the country's biggest airport operator Airport Authority of India (AAI), seems to have proved a blessing in disguise for the government ministries.
For a cause: Members of Kalyanmayee working hard to recycle old
confidential documents into reusable paper
Union ministries such as Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Rural Development have approached the association to recycle their old confidential files into a brand new product. Besides, the ladies' wing is also in touch with the other ministries for the same.'
Under a social initiative Kalyanmayee, the AAI Women's Welfare Association started it's paper recycling unit in 2009 at Vasant Kunj in Delhi, to recycle it's old stock of papers into a new product. Today, apart from recycling it's own junk and in a bid to go green, the association has decided to recycle the old confidential stock of different ministries too.
"Our aim is to send a message across the society to maximise the use of handmade paper that will help save the nature. Through this initiative, we also reduce the possibility of old confidential stock getting misused after disposal. Recently, union ministries like Rural Development and MHA approached us, and we were able to convince them that our initiative was the best and safe. We are in the process of getting almost 30 tonnes of old files from the Rural Development ministry, while the quantity from the MHA is yet to be evaluated," Deepa Vijay, secretary, Kalyanmayee told MiD DAY. Besides, she even revealed that several top educational institutions have approached the association for safe recycling of their old and confidential stock.
By recycling its old stock, AAI airports across India would be saving around Rs 45 lakh. "With the old stock coming from AAI, we will be able to meet the requirement of files and folders for its airports across the country.
However, with other firms, we have decided to follow a barter system. We recycle their products, and hand it over to them only after deducting the cost of recycling and other expenses," added Vijay.
To promote this 'go green' initiative, the organisation has decided organise a motor rally on December 11 in which about 70 motorists are expected to participate. "All the 70 nominations for the motor rally have been filed. Through this rally we want to spread awareness about the use of handmade paper (recycled paper) that will certainly help in reducing the number of trees chopped for making fresh paper," asserted Monika Dambla, another member of Kalyanmayee.
An extended arm of AAI, Kalyanmayee is a congregation of all the female employees and wives of other employees aptly supported by the families of AAI workforce. Besides paper recycling, the association is also working for rural water supply scheme, tree plantation at airport, and cr che facilities and running nursery schools at various airports.