“In India we produce approximately 14.6 million tonnes of waste paper every year out of that we recycle only 26% where as Germany recycle 80%, Sweden recycle 69%, Japan recycle 60 % and USA recycle 49% according to the IARPMA estimates.”
Name of the College: St Agnes College
Location: Mangalore, State of Karnataks
Founder: Mother Veronica
Activities: Waste management
Every year more and more residents make the decision to make recycling a part of their lives. Even in small town and cities, as well as rural areas, people are demanding the opportunity to recycle their paper, plastics, metals, and glass. At the present moment, in India, less than 26% of the paper waste is recycled. Sources reveal that in areas such as Dharavi located in Mumbai, many people make a living by creating their own recycling factories. It is estimated that the self-made recycling industry employs roughly 200,000 people.
The students and the management of this Manglore based college also wish to make recycling a part of their lives and hence want to set up a recycling unit as early as possible.
Sustainable Activities of St Agnes
- St. Agnes college located in Manglore, state of Karnataka is planning to start off a paper recycling unit near its college at the end of this year. The recycling unit which the college plans to set up will produce books and notepads that will be given to students participating in various seminars and workshops conducted by the college for free. The estimated cost of setting up the plant recycling plant is Rs.4 lakhs.
- This apart, the college also plans to sell notebooks made in the unit and the money collected thus will be utilized for conducting awareness programmes on solid waste managements in rural areas of the state. Students of this college has already started collecting old newspapers and waste papers from the campus and around it.
- The college is already into a whole lot of waste management activities such as students of this college going around the city collecting plastic bags and other plastic waste on a regular basis. The college has initiated several programs to initiate among the locals on the importance of waste management.
- As part of such drives students have conducted classes on making paper and clothes bags for several villagers and members of self-help groups. The college also sells paper and cloth bags made by students for the past few years.
What can St Agnes Contribute to the Environment by Recycling Paper Wastes:
Waste Paper Recycling have a huge impact on environment and society. By just recycling 1 short ton (0.91 t) paper the following are the benefits:
- It would saves 17 full grown trees and these trees reduce tonnes of Co2 years to years.
- 7000 gallons of fresh water, which is sufficient drinking water more then 10 years for one human.
- Save 4,100 kilowatt-hours (15 GJ) of electricity, the same is enough energy to power the average Indian village for six months.
- Through paper recycling we will save huge quantity of fuel, which is sufficient for a normal village family for next three years.
- Paper industry is creating approximately 3.67 tones of Co2 for producing 1 ton of fresh paper, through waste paper recycling it will reduce the air pollution by 74%.
- Paper recycling is not only impacting on environment but also generation livelihood for humans, just through recycling of 1 short ton (0.91 t) paper it will generate jobs for 20 people.
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