TKM College along with Environmental, Nature Club, NCC and NSS gives emphasis on reducing the generation of waste material and its proper disposal in the campus through the philosophy of “reuse, reduce and recycle”. A prudent budgeting approach is adopted in the collection, segregation, disposal, and the 3 r’s philosophy. The generated waste is separated to Solid, Liquid and E-Waste and they are effectively disposed of by the college to make the campus clean and healthy. There are different ways adopted by the college to manage these wastes. They include:
Solid waste are mainly of three types. Food wastes, plastic wastes, paper wastes, and chemical precipitatefrom labs. The institution adopts adequate methods to manage wastes. Separate waste baskets are given toeach class for segregated disposal to facilitate the recycling of plastic waste. Biogas plants have beeninstalled in the campus to convert the food waste generated into biogas. The college has taken initiatives toimplement segregation of solid waste and hand over plastic waste for recycling and safe disposal instead ofthe unhealthy practice of burning it or dumping it in public places or water bodies.College has given special awareness programmes to laboratory safety measures and disposal of chemicalwaste in proper scientific way. College has been installed incineration unit in the campus for hygiene andproper sanitation. The NSS unit of T. K.M College use the economic principle of waste management andcreate cloth bags from textile waste and used cloths. A skill acquisition training has been conducted toNSS Volunteers in Grow Bag manufacturing as a part of Women Empowerment Programme. The rawmaterial for these grow bags were used flex banners which were collected from different departments. Inassociation with Womens studies Unit College provided Students training on flower making using differentmaterials ranging from fancy papers, socks cloth, organdy cloth and tissue papers. The use of waste papers,polythene covers and bottles for making flowers and baskets, generates in them the idea of reuse of suchwaste materials into a creative and useful means. This is considered as a best practice in management ofsuch waste materials. In addition to this the institution join hands with the Swachh Bharath Missionprogramme. The college has been awarded as the ‘Best performance award’ for swachatha hi sevacampaign. The college had a remarkable role in Haritha Keralam programme. Waste like glass splintersand aluminum scraps are separated and disposed in an eco-friendly manner. The institution follows ‘GreenProtocol’ while conducting seminars and other events .Students and faculty are encouraged to use steellunch boxes and steel glasses.
College encouraged the reuse of liquid solvents derived from laboratory and successfully implemented inthe research as well as other laboratories. The Dept of Chemistry encouraged the reuse of liquid solventsderived from laboratory and successfully implemented in the research as well as other laboratories. Collegehas given special awareness programs to laboratory safety measures and disposal of chemical waste inproper scientific wayWaste water is reused for gardening purposes and ground water is recharged using water recharge pits.Drip irrigation is used in gardening purpose to reduce the use of water. Maintenance of leaking pipes isdone with immediate effect.
E-waste are irremissible part of teaching learning process in the current scenario. E-waste management isactually a scourge. The institution has a number of ways to manage e-waste. All the electronic devices aremaintained regularly to avoid scathe. The hardwares of the devices are given to the nearby schools andinstitutes offering hardware courses. The NSS unit of the College joined hands together with the KollamCorporation to collect e-waste from the College and hand it over to the Kollam Corporation.