The department has installed separate bins for collection of dry waste, paper waste as well as organic waste. "Segregation of waste is extremely important today. We have set an example for other students. If other departments follow it, the effect will be tremendous," said Nandini N, chairperson and coordinator of the Department of Environmental Science.
Jnana Bharathi campus is located on a sprawling 1,100 acres of land and houses many post graduate departments of the university. Lack of funds is a constraint to convert it to a no-plastic zone, say students.
"To make the campus plastic free is a Herculean task. There should be banners, dustbins placed at various places of the campus. If we get more financial assistance, we can implement it in a better way," said a student.
On Wednesday, a five-day residential programme on municipal solid waste dump site, physico-chemical and microbial sampling and analysis was inaugurated by BDA Commissioner Bharat Lal Meena.
"The city has suffered due to the dumping of waste into drains by industries,” said Meena, adding that more solid waste recycling units would be installed in various parts of the City. The inaugural session was attended by N Prabhu Dev as well as environmentalists like A N Yellappa Reddy, who pointed out the initiatives taken by the various NGOs and how recycling solid waste such as paper could raise resources and save trees.