Management of Degradable and Non-Degradable Waste
Solid waste management
The college has a plastic free policy as per the green protocol and this ensures zero plastic waste in the campus. The use of disposable utensils and packing containers are prohibited in the campus to ensure minimum waste. All the departments use steel plates and glasses as part of the green protocol. Students are given proper instructions about waste management at the beginning of the academic year in the student orientation programme. Students and staff are allowed to carry their lunch only in steel containers. The strict observation of guidelines in this regard has reduced the amount of garbage and waste materials. Incinerator is erected for the proper disposal of sanitary waste. The biodegradable wastes are converted to vermi compost, bacterial compost and pit compost and are used in the biogas plant. The college has a nature friendly programme initiated by the NSS unit called Valicheriyalmuktha BCM. Through this programme, the waste generated from the classrooms is segregated separately as degradable and recyclable waste. The segregated recyclable waste is collected by a waste paper merchant having MOU with the college. The trained students of NSS and NCC units have conducted awareness programmes among students, teachers and non-teaching staff for the effective functioning of the programme. Separate boxes, are kept in every class room and premises for the purpose of segregation at the origin itself. Non degradable waste which includes paper waste, broken glass, used bulbs, used pens etc are promptly collected and disposed.
Liquid Waste Management
Liquid waste is generated mostly from the college hostel, canteen, and college hand wash area. Waste Water from the wash area is routed to the sock pit. Utmost care is taken to dispose the liquid waste in an eco-friendly and hygienic way. The botanical garden adjacent to the water treatment plant is fitted with a 1000 litre capacity water tank exclusively for watering plants and trees.
Biomedical waste management
The biomedical waste generated in the college is almost nil. Whatever waste that is generated is disposed of through the process of incineration with the help of two incinerators installed in the campus.
E- waste management
E-waste at our college refers to electronic equipment that has gone out of use. Periodical repair and replacement generate 10-20 kilograms of e-waste every year. This includes replaced computer and accessories, bulbs, and other electronic equipment. Scrap traders are entrusted with the removal of e- waste from the college. An MoU has been signed with the scrap merchant for this purpose.
Hazardous chemicals and radioactive waste management
Utmost caution is taken in dealing with and disposing chemical waste from the laboratories. The laboratories in the college do not use any kind of radioactive substances. In order to reduce the amount of chemical waste, only micro scale analysis is carried on in laboratories. Arsenic compounds are not used for any experiments. The waste generated from the laboratories are kept safe in containers.