Gangtok, May 18: Apparently in one of its first kind of initiatives a Gangtok based social organization, “Stars of Hope” ( SOH) is spearheading a task of waste segregation in Nar Bahadur Degree College in Gangtok. 

Stars of Hope Team

Under this, the organization recently (on May 15) conducted a waste auditing to understand the types of waste and garbage generated in the college.

“Source segregation is very important to classify the non biodegradable waste. Presently all the waste generated ends up in a landfill posing threat for the environment as it years for plastic and other non biodegradable to degrade. We will request the college to keep proper dustbins for segregation” 

 “A request was made to the college principal not to dispose the waste of one day. Our team collected the waste and segregated” said Bikash Thapa, the team leader of SOH. 

Chips packets, chewing gum wrappers, PET bottles, tetra packs, candy wrappers were the major composition of the waste generated during the audit.

“This has given us a fair idea as what kind of wastes are generated in the college. We shall now carry a detailed analysis with the help of an expert and will also do a recovery of some the wastes” he added.

It almost took odd eight hours for the team on waste collection, segregation and recovery. 

Following  in the table are the details of the waste segregated. 

Total number of plastic pieces = 1359

Total number of tetra packs = 64

Total number of PET bottles = 60

Total number of Metal Pieces = 27

Total number of Glass Bottles = 6

Total number of paper pieces = 953

Total number of E-Waste  = 5

The multi layered plastics, pet bottles, tetra packs were washed and cleaned properly and is stored safely for the further use. 

Thapa said the college students will be sensitized and made aware on the source segregation of the waste. 

“Source segregation is very important to classify the non biodegradable waste. Presently all the waste generated ends up in a landfill posing threat for the environment as it years for plastic and other non biodegradable to degrade. We will request the college to keep proper dustbins for segregation” 

“The students should be educated on the method of proper disposal, recycling and reuse,” he added. 

The organization is looking forward to make college a zero waste campus and hopes that the other colleges to will replicate the model.

Stars of Hope was founded in 2016, the organization mainly works on waste management, education and Health.

It also organized a week long awareness on ” Say no to plastics” in the month of April in ten schools across the state.

The principal of the college Dr Bina Pradhan said, ” these group of students under Bikash, alumnus of NBBDC has taken much needed n challenging task to make our campus zero waste campus n I admire n appreciate their initiative n wholeheartedly support them n I would like to appeal to rest of the students of the college to come forward because in such endeavours u need human force to take the responsibility.

The Municipal Commissioner of Gangtok Municipal Corporation Tsewang Gyachho said that it is a progressive sign to see the young people becoming sensitive towards waste management.

” The Gangtok Municipal Corporation extend support in their endeavor of making the college a model for zero waste”

He added that Gangtok generates 55metric ton of waste is generated everyday.

” It increases by 10-5% during the peak tourist season” he added.

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