educational institution sets up a resource recovery park for waste management | Coimbatore News
Coimbatore: Two years after the municipal corporation classified large educational institutions as generators of bulk waste, the municipal institution of Kumaraguru on Thursday inaugurated a resource recovery park for the separation and disposal of waste by the composting, recycling, incineration and upcycling.
The institution generates around 500 kg of waste per day, which is separated into food waste, vegetable peel waste, recyclable waste and incinerable waste. “Of the 500 kg, 200 kg is organic waste, 275 kg is recyclable waste and 25 kg would be non-recoverable waste, including sanitary waste, electronic waste and laboratory waste,” said the program director Saravanan Chandrasekharan. “While food waste is sent to our pigsty, vegetable peels, dry leaf waste and droppings from our native cattle are used to make 2.5 tonnes of compost per month.”
Materials such as paper, plastic, electronic waste, glass and metal that can be processed and converted into raw materials will be sold to local recyclers. Sanitary waste from hostels will be incinerated, the official said. “About 50 kg of sanitary waste is generated per week. We hope this will lead to more research on waste management technology by staff, students and other experts in the field.
Prashanth of No Dumping said the initiative will motivate other educational institutions to set up similar facilities.