Community Social Impact (CSI) Projects
Zero Waste Campus
Management of waste is a global problem. In India, around 150,000 tons of solid waste is produced every day and one truck load of waste is thrown to the sea every minute. In Bangalore itself 6233 tons of waste is produced per day. These accumulated waste for the past 10 years has created two similar sized Nandi hills in Mandur village. This number and the type of waste generated is only increasing with the rise in population and change in lifestyle, eventually putting a lot of pressure on BBMP. It is astounding how single use plastic contributes to almost 40 % of waste generated. We wanted to create a solution and absolutely denied being part of this sordid problem.
It is then we decided to make our campus a ZERO-waste campus. In association with Vedan NGO, we achieved it in three months. In fact, the state of Karnataka was the first to welcome the Zero-waste move by adopting the Solid Waste Management Act in 2016 and implemented it to some extent.
As a part of the solution, we focused on two distinct waste management:
- Waste Disposal Management
- E-waste Management
Waste Disposal Management
Waste Disposal Management Cell (WDMC) was formed to bring in the behavioral change among the employees and students with respect to avoiding the single use plastic; to inculcate the best practices in their house like segregation, composting, alternate to plastic etc. By leading the practical example in campus as to how waste can be managed by achieving ZERO-WASTE CAMPUS. This is achieved by various awareness sessions organized for students & faculties and bringing in some policy decision.
We achieved this by:
- Coloring coding dustbins have been placed for achieving the perfect segregation.
- The wet waste generated is sent to the piggeries & cows; Garden waste is composted in house.
- An MOU has been signed between the college and ITC & Medicare Private limited, Government empaneled company, who take dry waste for recycling & Reject waste for scientific handling respectively.
- Awareness sessions has been given to all the staffs & students of the college by Vedan NGO and it is a continuous process.
- The usage of single use plastic is completely Banned.
- The waste management coordinator will oversee the day today implementation any deviation he would inform the concern members for rectifying the behavior.
The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.
As a part of the Community Social Impact (CSI) initiative in line with the Sustainability Development Goal, Goal 13: Climate Action & Goal 15: life on land we want install and promote the leaf composter where dry leaves can be composted. Hence, we can avoid the burning of the leaf, or they are getting into the drain or getting it mixed with other waste.
Our Solution to the Problem
Bangalore is blessed with 938 parks with 39,18,345 square meter and is rightly called as Garden city. The quantity of dry leaves and flowers produced is huge. Most of this garden waste is going as mixed waste or it is burnt. Rather than throwing them in the garbage, we can use them to protect our plants or to fertilize the ground. When sent to dumps, they produce methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. If one wants to get rid of them then it must be handled responsibly. If it is processed in a planned manner, then it will be an asset. We want to promote the cost-effective solution and has less maintenance.
Read the report on our Leaf Composting Initiative Click Here.
The fresh water requirement can be met with harvested roof top rainwater to an extent of 21%. In a normal year, the proposed underground sumps of total 1,50,000 liters may over flow for around 7 days. This CSI Initiative proposes to effectively harvest roof water and develop ground water availability through accelerated infiltration and recharge methods for sustaining the water availability in the campus.
Cambridge Institute of Technology is located in an area of around 11.5 acers. The land is sloping from South to North and west to east with no rock outcrop on the plot.Grey mixed with Red soil with gravel sub layers form the soil structure (to be confirmed with soil tests). Percolation of water in the virgin land is good. Ground water is available in deep borewells and the yield is low. Sub soil water is rich and soil moisture in rainy season may not encourage for sub soil recharge. The open area with playgrounds and landscape activity on the campus is a buffer zone for ground water recharge.
Water requirement of the Cambridge Institute of Technology campus is around 1,30,000 liters per day (estimated @ 25 lpcd for day use, 75 lpcd for domestic in hostels). lpcd – liters per capita per day
It is suggested to build First Flush Lock and pebble bed filtration system and 1,00,000 liter sump beside the Sir MV block on the western side of the building in the open area. The roof water from the trunk line of eastern and southern down water pipes can be channelized to the filtration system from the back side of the building. Similarly, the roof water from the trunk line of northern side can be channelized to the filtration system and underground sump proposed with the capacity of 1,00,000 liters.
The down water pipes (excluding the laundry area) of the girl’s hostel can be connected together by a 140 mm trunk line at the ground level and the rainwater may be channelized all the way along the boundary wall to the Sir MV block rainwater filtration system.
DKM block has all the down water pipes on the northern side and are already inter connected at the ground level leading the roof top rainwater to the storm water drain beside the existing sump tank. It is proposed to build an additional 50,000 liter sump and a filtration system in the open area beside the existing sump for harvesting rainwater from DKM block.
Bulk of the storm water from buildings and the open space will flow from south to northern side and flood the playground in front of the DKM block. It is suggested to build three accelerated ground water recharge wells for infiltration. Two accelerated ground water recharge wells can be strategically located in the open playground for direct recharge in to the failed borewells. One accelerated ground water recharge well can be planned to harvest the open area surface flow in beside Sir MV block building and the overflow from the accelerated ground water recharge well may be directly injected to the non-functional borewell. The ground water recharge interventions may enhance the availability of water in the yielding borewell and also improve the quality of borewell water.
Community Participation Program (CPP) is the program envisaged by the BBMP where it is looking for the citizens participation in the waste management. This program is yet to launched officially. Here the idea is the lane, block, ward volunteers would be the eye and ear of the government which will compel the contractors to work on ground.
The objectives of the programme are:
- To make sure autos are regular and take the segregated waste. If not then raise the complaint in BBMP Sahayavani.
- To make sure the resident segregate the waste.
- To give awareness among the residence about the best practices such as composting, best out of waste, reusable pads etc.
In order to achieve the above, Akshya, Bhuvan & Bharatesh, three engineering students from CiTech have adopted 3 lanes where they would implement the programme. They have done the mapping of the lane to get the precise number of households & shops and found that there are 134 houses and 15 shops. They have already done the survey along with the auto drivers too.
The UN adopted 17 targets for sustainable growth in 2015. This call-to-action commencement motivated all UN members to participate in the cause of delivering prosperity along with saving the planet. Similarly, we have pledged to build a prosperous society and have begun our initiatives to achieve our goals. Student-centric growth is also our priority. A curriculum devoted to helping the world and the environment focuses on creating a positive ethic and enkindling learners to promote a sustainable community.
About 25 projects have been performed all year long. For the leading cause, 80 students voluntarily participated, and we collaborated with 20 NGOs. Along with our students, LetsTagOn played a key role. The effort we’ve taken is for everybody. It is our responsibility, as long as we live on earth, to defend it. In the journey to make a social change, an hour of commitment from our students and faculty members made them our fellow warrior.
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