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Miranda House committed to zero waste campaign
By Sanjay K. Gupta, N.
Published in toxicslink.org, 15/10/2004
Working towards zero waste on the Miranda House campus, Toxics
Link has conducted many workshops over the last three months with the gardeners,
canteen employees, students and teachers at the college.
The Zero Waste Management project at Miranda House (MH),
Delhi, has been initiated with the construction of 12 pits for green waste and
three barrels for canteen waste composting. A formal launch of the zero waste
programme amongst the students, staff and teachers at Miranda House had earlier
been done on July 28. Since then, Toxics Link has conducted several meetings and
workshops over the last three months with the gardeners, canteen employees,
students and teacher in charge. A training workshop on the knowhow of green
waste garbage composting was also carried out. Through the awareness programmes
held at the initiation of the project, the workers could understand the
importance of composting easily. MH Vatavaran also performed a play on
segregation, composting and recycling for a zero waste campus.
The different methods of composting were explained, in a
step-wise manner, to the gardeners. Miranda House has agreed to keep a person to
supervise the pits and maintain them once in a week, for the time being.
Everybody, though, agreed that a full time worker needs to be trained and given
the charge of the composting work to keep the project going smoothly. The final
decision would be taken after consultations with the college authority. It was
also agreed that at this stage only pit and barrel composting would be carried
out with the application of Effective Micro-organisms, or EM, since getting cow
dung is a problem. A demonstration of EM application for composting was shown to
the staff; a worker started the process with a pit.
Toxics Link will constantly monitor the project along with