ZERO WASTE CAMPUS
GUWAHATI: With an aim to achieving the objectives of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and reduce the impact of waste on environment, Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi launched the implementation of 'Zero Waste Management' project in the campus of Raj Bhavan at a programme held in the Raj Bhavan here on Saturday. Titled 'The Raj Bhavan Assam — a Zero Waste Campus', it is an approach for the holistic assessment of solid and liquid wastes, their management, gap analysis, formulation and implementation of standard waste-management procedure for achieving a zero waste campus at Raj Bhavan, Assam.
It may be noted that the project has been conceptualised by Raj Bhavan under the initiative of Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and with the technical support of TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute) as an implementation agency as well as a knowledge and technical partner.
Launching the project, the Governor said that adopting zero waste management in Raj Bhavan is a step towards fulfilling the ideals of Gandhiji for a clean and a green nation. He added that implementing the 'Zero Waste Management' will minimize all the harmful discharges to land, water or air which are threats to environment, human, animal or plant. He further said that a fundamental constructive change will happen only when each and every individual participates and contributes to the cleanliness of environment.
The Governor also said that a fitting tribute can be paid to Gandhiji only when every individual develops the sense of hygiene and shoulders the responsibility of keeping his surroundings clean.
The project is being implemented as a part of Raj Bhavan's efforts to adopt a system for preventing pollution and avoid costs associated with landfill disposal. The initiative will also reduce carbon emissions by diverting the discarded materials from methane-generating landfills and avoiding carbon emissions associated with extracting, processing, and transporting raw materials and waste. The R principles — Reduce, Recycle, Recovery and Reuse — are the tools to be used in the implementation of zero waste management being implemented in the Raj Bhavan, stated a press release.
It would be the first-of-its-kind 'Zero Waste Campus' implemented in the Raj Bhavan, Assam to manage solid and liquid waste. It also demonstrates the responsibility of Raj Bhavan towards effective planning, execution and monitoring mechanism for a cleaner and lively environment. This will be a model for other residential and institutional campus for replication and adoption of the technologies for cleaner and zero waste campuses.
Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor M.M. Meenakshi Sundaram, Director TERI North Eastern Regional Center, Guwahati Dr Dipankar Saharia, officials of TERI and Raj Bhavan were present at the launching function.