NECESSITY AND IMPORTANCE
College students, staff, and faculty often lead busy lives and value convenience;
as they go about their day rushing between activities and classes, the purchase of single-use products is often the most convenient choice. The consequence of this convenience comes in the form of high quantities of waste. In an era where societies around the world are becoming more conscious of the issues surrounding waste, students, faculty, and staff must be properly educated on proper waste management practices. Although the introduction of more recycling bins on campus may help increase recycling rates, a study noted that any recycling or waste management system depends not only on technical factors and availability, but also the motivation of the users to participate in the process. It can be understood that waste management education is essential in reducing waste, increasing diversion rates and encouraging environmentally friendly behavior.
SMSMPITR is located on a beautiful campus of 18 acres. The college has also adopted the ‘Green Campus’ system for environmental conservation and sustainability. There are main three pillars i.e. zero environmental foot print, positive impact on occupant health and performance and 100% graduates demonstrating environmental literacy. The goal is to reduce CO2 emission, energy and water use, while creating an atmosphere where students can learn and be healthy. The college administration works on the several facets of ‘Green Campus’ including Water Conservation, Tree Plantation, Waste Management, Paperless Work, and Alternative Energy.
The main objective of the solid waste management system in the campus is to promote the Environment Management and Conservation in the College Campus. The purpose of the current available system is
- To identify, quantify, describe and prioritize framework of Environment Sustainability in compliance with the applicable regulations, policies and standards.
- To introduce and aware students to real concerns of environment and its sustainability
- To secure the environment and cut down the threats posed to human health by analyzing the pattern and extent of resource use on the campus.
- To establish a baseline data to assess future sustainability by avoiding the interruptions in environment that are more difficult to handle and their corrections requires high cost.
- To bring out a status report on environmental compliance.
- Toilet blocks of all the campus are connected to sewage line network of the campus. The line is connected to Sewage treatment plant where treated water is diverted to garden.
- Institute is paying Tax to Akluj grampanchayat every year for providing waste disposal facility
- Institute is also planning to utilize all the kitchen waste for production of biogas in the campus itself and biogas plant for the same is under construction.
- Institute has applied the NO PLASTIC POLICY for project report submissions to minimize the plastic waste.
- All the used and waste papers are sent for recycling to vendor who supplies low cost (made o recycled papers) copies for students.
- Single side used papers are reused for writing and printing in all departments. Important and confidential reports/ papers are sent for pulping and recycling after completion of their preservation period.
The total solid waste collected in the campus is 25 Kg/day. Waste generation from tree droppings, lawn management and kitchen waste, are major solid wastes generated in the campus. However, it also includes papers and bottles which is segregated at source by providing separate dustbins for Biodegradable and Plastic waste. The capacity of dustbin is 20 kg. Total population of campus is estimated as 1500 including student and staff. As per institutional need per capita water demand is supposed to be 45 lit/day, accordingly the total liquid waste generated is 0.135 MLD. The sewer carrying the liquid waste is designed by the experts with all proper provisions along with ventilation and manholes. Sewers are then connected with the main sewer of SMSMP sugar factory which convey the sewerage to waste treatment plant.
The diagram indicates the strategy of institute in above context.
- Zero waste generation through recycling.
- No pollution of nearby natural water body.
- Minimum plastic waste by NO PLASTIC POLICY.
- Full compliance with environmental policies of corporation (government).