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Go green St. Francis College students separating trash
Go green St. Francis College students separating trash

St. Francis' Prakriti Club takes their battle to save the environment a step further

Right at the back of the St. Francis College for Women premises, groups of students and staff stand around chatting and waiting. The event about to take place is the inauguration of the college's decentralised solid waste management plant.

The members of the college's nature club, Prakriti Club, along with Sukiki Exnora, came up with the idea of setting up such a facility on campus. “Mounds of garbage used to be incinerated on campus,” says first year student and Prakriti member, Aishwarya. “To put a stop to this students took up the matter with the management and the outcome is the waste management facility.”

The project was actually initialised on July 31 of this year, the day the nature club celebrates Prakriti Day. According to the staff-in-charge of the club, Mrs. Nirmala, “One of the key members in seeing the waste management project through is student coordinator of Prakriti club, Shweta B.” At the moment, however, Shweta is part of a delegation to the UN climate change summit at Copenhagen.

Major Shiva Kiran, president of Sukiki Exnora, estimates that the college produces 50 to 75 kg of waste a day from the classrooms and canteens. Mrs. Niramala adds that by sending it through the waste management system, “the wet waste will be converted into vermicompost and the dry waste can be recycled.” This is not the first time the Prakriti club has taken a big step when it comes to environmental issues. They have banned plastic on campus and have taken part in tiger census and bird watching. First year student and Prakriti member Rubina says, “We have planted 20 to 30 trees on the college grounds.”

Some members of Prakriti have even taken the battle to save the earth beyond the college walls. Snigdha and Shweta both work in collaboration with ITC in spreading awareness about recycling. Snigdha says, “We go to homes in our neighbourhoods and collect bottles and paper which can be recycled.”

The members of the Prakriti Club never seem to tire when it comes to environmental activities. But for now their priority is the waste management plant and making sure it is put to proper use.

The waste management plant was inaugurated by Danam Nagendra, the Health Minister and Mahesh Yadav, the GHMC representative for Somajiguda.

SUVASINI SRIDHARAN

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