Thiruvananthapuram

College students on compost mission

Their engagement with nature continues. The National Service Scheme students of the Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering (SCTCE), Pappanamcode, are now on a mission to promote decentralised waste management.

As many as 180 students of the NSS technical cell under the college made house visits in Pappanamcode ward this month to promote organic farming and composting methods. This followed a class held by the city Corporation for the students.

The students formed themselves into groups, each group covering 30-40 houses each day.

‘Waste to Green’

Over three days, they covered 1,800 houses as part of the programme ‘Waste to Green.’

The residents were asked if they had adopted any waste management method. If not, the students gave them a practical demonstration on how to compost kitchen waste.

The residents were provided with a kitchen bin and a chemical to aid decomposition.

The manure generated by source-level treatment can be used by the residents to grow vegetables. If they are not interested, the manure will be collected by the Corporation, or in case that does not happen by the students themselves once a week. The students will also visit the houses every two weeks to ensure that the manure collection is smooth. The manure collected will be used to grow vegetables on the college terrace.

The cultivation of vegetables is already under way and these are distributed among indigent people at Nemom, the village adopted by the college.

The venture has found support in T.M. Thomas Isaac, MLA, who visited the college and posted about it on his Facebook page.



Organic farming and composting methods being promoted in houses near college.



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