Solid Waste Management
The college has an established waste management system. Waste bins are kept in each floor, hostels, canteen and other identified spots in campus. Special care is taken to make sure the dead leaves and waste papers are not scattered in the campus as well as in the hostels. Waste Management Mechanism includes Segregated Collection at the Point of Generation, Transport to the Processing Facility, Resource Recovery for Recycling and Reuse, Processing and Disposal. For segregated collection, differently coloured bins were provided at the points of generation (as biodegradable and recyclable) a GREEN BIN for Biodegradable Wastes, BLUE BIN for Recyclable Wastes, YELLOW BIN for Non-Biodegradable waste. These segregated wastes will be collected and removed from the points of generation on a regular basis by the staff involved in cleaning work. The contents of green and blue boxes are removed daily, weekly and monthly respectively.
Bio degradable wastes are processed by an aerobic composting method through a bio bin (bio trigger mechanism) which is installed at the campus and it produces bio fertilizer. Non- bio degradable wastes like plastic and glass are kept in a separate container for further processing. The collected plastics and paper are sold to crap-agencies for recycling. The messages regarding waste management, energy conservation, personal hygiene etc. are placed at appropriate places in the campus for awareness. In addition to this, continuous awareness programs are telecasted through the campus community radio -RADIO MACFAST 90.4 by students and staff.
Liquid Waste Management
The college has installed two biogas plants in the campus. The amount of bio waste being generated from the time of installation is 250 kg per day. The plant installed in the campus applies different technologies for treating different types of organic wastes according to the nature and type of waste. The Geo membrane bioreactor plant is fully pre-fabricated and the accessories include Geo Membrane reactor, Gas Scrubber and Pressure booster. The gas generated from the digesters could be collected in a single gas collector. By applying Bio-methanisation, a universally accepted and proven technology for bio-energy generation from bio waste, fast decomposing waste materials like food waste, fruit and vegetable waste, fish and meat waste etc. are treated hygienically. The liquid and major bio degradable wastes from the mess of both boys’ and girls’ hostels and college canteen are collected and are processed through the bio-gas plants in the campus and used for cooking.
Biomedical Waste Management
The institution develops very low amount of biomedical waste. The biomedical waste generated from bioscience laboratories is disposed according to the bio-safety regulations. The waste is collected using separate coloured dustbins and removed from the spot daily by cleaning staff. Liquid wastes are disposed into drain after proper disinfection. Solid wastes are incinerated using biomedical incinerator after decontamination by autoclaving
The IT & Systems Department examines the available devices as part of its system maintenance and when found defected it will be checked for repair. If the items are found to be beyond repair, it would be classified as E-waste which will be classified and separated according to different categories suggested by Pollution Control Board and are reported to Pollution Control Board of Kerala in each financial year as per the new guidelines. Once we get the separated materials to a sizable quantity, we will intimate the dismantler and do the proceedings accordingly.
Waste Recycling System
The college installed an odour-free, eco-friendly Sewage Treatment Plant in the premises of the boys’ hostel for treatment, recycling and reusing of waste water. Bio-filtration, aeration and oxidation are the major stages of treatment. The tank capacity is 25,000 litres and the treated water is used for gardening purpose.
Hazardous Chemical Waste Management
The institution generates no radioactive waste and only negligible amount of hazardous chemical waste. Hazardous chemical wastes are treated and disposed effectively. A material safety data sheet is maintained for all chemicals, the chemicals are treated to make it non- hazardous before disposal.