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GKVK Campus in UAS moves towards zero waste zone

Bengaluru, May 29 (UNI) The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru head quarters GKVK Campus is moving towards 'Zero Waste Zone' and with this aim it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Tobacco Company (ITC).
Under the agreement, the Departments and Offices will store the collected waste paper, news paper, e–waste, plastics and other materials in SPO (Store Purchase Officer). Once in fort night or month the ITC will collect and replace with new paper,files and other materials required by the University. This will make the GKVK Campus move towards 'Zero Waste Zone', according to a press release here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, UAS Vice Chancellor Dr S Rajendra Prasad mentioned that recycling of one ton waste paper can help about 70 per cent of raw materials saving, 60 per cent coal saving, 43 per cent energy saving and 70 per cent water which is used for the making of paper from wood was saved.
In India 3 million tonnes of waste paper is recovered annually which is only about 20 per cent of total India’s imports, while nearly 4 million tonnes of waste paper is imported from the developed countries, mostly from United States of America. Germany recovers 73 per cent, Sweden 69 per cent and Japan 60 per cent of waste paper. Paper can be recycled 5 to 7 times. One ton recycled paper can prevent 17 trees from cutting down. These 17 trees absorbs 250 pounds of Carbon Dioxide each year and burning add 1500 pounds Carbon Dioxide.
Mr Panches Zonal Manger and Mr. Sanga, Programme Coordinator, ITC and Prof. K.P. Chinnaswamy, Nodal officer, Agricultural Education to ICAR were present on the occasion.
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