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SU initiates drive to keep campus plastic-free

Next time you visit the Saurashtra University campus,you are unlikely to find a single piece of plastic waste. Over 600 kg of plastic waste was cleared and disposed of from the campus in Rajkot on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot |
February 21, 2009 3:53:18 am

Next time you visit the Saurashtra University campus,you are unlikely to find a single piece of plastic waste. Over 600 kg of plastic waste was cleared and disposed of from the campus in Rajkot on Friday.

First-year students,department heads and even the vice-chancellor got together in the first of its kind drive to sanitise an area of over 430 acres free of plastic.

The drive began early in the morning from the main building and covered the faculty premises,library,laboratories,auditoriums and the playground.

Bio-degradable waste was destroyed on the spot,while the SU has tied-up with an NGO,NEEHIR,to dispose of non-biodegradable waste. To keep the campus free of plastic waste round the year,special pits have been dug up at each faculty building.

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“We involved the students so that they understand the importance of keeping the campus clean,” said Vice-Chancellor Dr Kamlesh Joshipura,who led the students,clad in a tracksuit.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Kalpak Trivedi,Registrar Gajendra Jani and head of all the departments accompanied him.

Dr Joshipura said the SU has made special arrangement for the collection of plastic waste at each department to ensure that the drive doesn’t turn out to be a one-day programme.

“Apart from regular dustbins,pits have been dug up in the vicinity of all the departments. Besides,a similar drive involving teachers and students will be conducted at regular intervals,” he added.

Students,who are large consumers of packet food and aerated drinks on the campus,have been strictly told to use the pits rather than the regular dustbins to dispose of the waste. They have also been advised against littering in the open.

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