Pune: Though there are several garbage segregation awareness apps available on the online store, ‘Greeny the Great’ is gaining popularity among citizens in the city. People playing this game, ‘Garbage literacy movement’, say they are getting to know new ways of segregation and its importance.
They have collaborated with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and have organised ‘Pune Gamethon’ coinciding with the World Environment week, to teach segregation of waste in an interesting manner.
The Gamethon commenced from June 3 and will conclude on June 10. Every day, top 10 scorers of the game are rewarded.
The winners receive food coupons and their names are announced on prominent social platforms.
One of the prize winners, Pranjal Kale, a student of Bachelor of Pharmacy, said, “While playing the game each level taught me something new. We segregate garbage in our household but that things such as helmets and false teeth fall under non-recyclable category was new to me.”
Sunny Bhandare, another player who won the Gamethon and clerk at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Swargate, said, “There is a lot of talk about degradation of environment around the world, but there is no proper solution for it. This game is reaching the masses and it is not only educating us but also teaching proper manner of dumping waste.”
Jaydeep Lonkar, supervisor in construction business and winner of the contest, said, “I didn’t have any knowledge about segregation. But the game has taught me the whole process about segregation and the ill-effects of plastic and non-segregation. It’s not just a game but a knowledge-sharing app.”
Sunil Bhondge, founder of the app, said, “The game is providing creative environment solutions and has been working towards spreading awareness about garbage, segregation and recycling.”
After working with several municipal councils of Maharashtra on ensuring segregation which will lead to minimum dumping, Bhondge thought of making an app through which people could learn while playing and scoring points.
He said, “If people are rewarded, they tend to play more and learn more.”
He further added, “Earlier we used to play this game in schools of rural areas through CDs. Now every day the players are adding up. Since the Gamethon is only played in the city, people from the rural areas are also enthusiastic about it.”
Manasi Ranade, project co-ordinator explained the game: There are 30 basic levels to become familiar with garbage segregation
Level 1 to 5: Simple wet and dry segregation into two bins
Level 6 to 8: Dry, wet and plastic segregation
Level 9 onwards: Dry, wet and additional waste such as e-waste, paper, metal, medical waste, recyclable and non-recyclable waste among others.
Green quotient quiz after every five levels.