Abstract: Systematic field investigation was made to record the solid waste and its management practices followed at Manasagangotri campus of University of Mysore, Mysore during January to March, 2020 by following standard methods. Altogether 101 different types of solid wastes were recorded. Commonly occurring solid wastes included 14 type plastic products, 13 cellulose containing paper items, 23 types of e-wastes, 18 types of metal items, 14 type of food items and 12 different fruits wastes and their percent occurrence varied considerably. However, other waste viz., dry leaves, broken buckets, wooden chairs, glass wares, table clothes and porcelain wares constituted 15.6% at different Post-Graduate Departments (PGDs) in Manasagangotri campus.The cleaning, storing and disposal of accumulated solid waste was made regularly. The Mop and Broomsticks were used 40.8% each; dust remover and vacuum cleaners wereused respectively 14.3 and 4.1% during time of need for cleaning. Dustbins (76%) and plastic bags (4%) were commonly used to store solid waste. Moreover, majority (60%) of PGDs dispose the collected solid waste every day. Further, accumulated waste was classified into biodegradable (e.g. paper, food and fruit wastes) and non-biodegradable (e.g. plastic, metal and e-waste) waste and their percent occurrence was 39 and 45.4 respectively. Available all these solid wastes are periodically disposed through proper channels after obtaining administrative sanctions by the University authorities. Besides, the dry leaves and other cellulose containing materials are recycled properly to produce organic manure amidst Manasagangotri campus. All these activities help achieve cleanliness, hygienic conditions along with greenery in and around PGDs and made the Manasagangotri campus as one of the best campuses in India in general and south India in particular. University is an apex body in the education system, to achieve quality education, clean and hygienic environment is must. In this regard, University of Mysore became model to other educational institutes in this part of the country.
Keywords: Solid waste, Management, Manasagangotri, Mysore, India.
| DOI: 10.17148/IARJSET.2020.7808