International Seminar on Waste Management 7th June, 2011

The Seminar was highlighted with a series of lectures from eminent persons and the flag-off of Biodiesel powered Sathyabama University buses.

"An average of 150 to 200 million tones of domestic waste is generated from Indian households every year, which is equal to the amount of food produced in the country. Of the total waste generated, fifty percent can be recycled if segregated properly", said RK Garg, Chairman of Garg Commission (Bhopal Tragedy) at the International seminar on "Waste Management". Stating that metal waste and E- waste were toxic to health, he said the toxic waste should be recycled with proper technology to reduce the effects. "Hazardous Industrial waste should be reduced, if not managed by recycling, which will result in health problems and reduce waste of resources",

Herman Koller, Managing Director of International Solid Waste Association said that five percent of the green house gases were emitted through ineffective waste management activities. "Academic Institutions should set a precedent for the industries and other social bodies to follow" .He flagged off five buses from Sathyabama University, operated on bio-fuel produced at the University with cooking oil wastes from the University mess. A feasibility report on the bio diesel production was also released by Col.Dr.Jeppiaar, founder and Chairman of Sathyabama University

Amiya Kumar Sahu, President of National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI),"Waste can be recycled, reduced and redesigned if there is proper education and awareness. Muthiah Mariappan Chairman of State level Appraisal committee of the Ministry of the Environment and Forests said that creating awareness on the waste management was the need of the hour and added that waste management and environmental engineering had developed to become synonymous.

Asit Baran Mandal, Director of Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) , said that Solid Waste Management had become one of the booming issues in leather Industry and that public private partnership model was required to tackle waste management related issues. According to G. Krishnamoorthy, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University, USA the Nation requires the participation of young engineer's scientist to stop environmental degradation.Asit Baran Mandal, Director of Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) , said that Solid Waste Management had become one of the booming issues in leather Industry and that public private partnership model was required to tackle waste management related issues. According to G. Krishnamoorthy, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University, USA the Nation requires the participation of young engineer's scientist to stop environmental degradation.

The event was marked with the Flagging-off of Biodiesel powered University buses , an outcome of the Feasibility Studies for the Production of Biodiesel from Waste Cooking Oil generated in Sathyabama University mess, a collaborative effort of Sathyabama University and Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai.

The Dignitaries Flagging-off the Biodiesel powered University buses

    

Paper cuttings highlighting the Biodiesel powered University buses