Plastic Free Campus of Azad Mahavidyalaya, Ausa.

The department of Sociology has been leading this plastic free campaign from the academic year of 2016-17. The head of the department of sociology Mr. S. N. Patil and his colleagues always inspire our students to keep not only the college campus but also the whole of the nation plastic free. The faculty members of the department of Sociology are constantly trying their best to create social and cultural awareness among the students. They always inculcate social and national responsibilities among the students of the college. It is our duty to make our country great by keeping it “Clean and Green”. It is said that “Charity begins at home”. So it’s our prime duty to clean our home first then to clean other’s home. Keeping this thought in mind the college has formed one “Clean and Green Campus Committee” to have hygienic and pollution free campus. The Chairman of the committee Dr. S. K. Ladaf takes care of the campus. The college is surrounded by thousands of trees which provide us a lot of oxygen. The programme officers and volunteers of N.S.S. help us in this mission. Plastic has been perilous for Mother Nature. It has polluted our atmosphere and is responsible for the untimely death of thousands of animals who depend on the water of seas, rivers, ponds and lakes. Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources, and also the ecosystem. This can cause a range of potentially harmful effects on the species that drink the water. Over 1 million marine animals (including mammals, fish, sharks, turtles, and birds) are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world. We can live without plastic, though this might be difficult at first. We can get our own containers for milk, honey and more, like in the past. Buy veggies by weight in a single bag, instead of individual plastic ones. ... These are just few steps but we can get rid of plastic usage if we try hard enough! The college firmly believes in cleanliness. Hence our college has started this plastic free campaign. It is one of the best practices of our college.

The students are trained to follow the following things

1. Carry reusable shopping bags.

2. Give up bottled water.

3. Carry your own containers for take-out food and leftovers.

4. Carry a stainless steel travel mug or water bottle at all times for coffee and other drinks while out in the world.

5. Carry reusable utensils and glass drinking straws.

Principal Dr. Sardarpasha A.K., Vice-Principal T. A. Jahagirdar , Mr. Patil S. N., Dr. Salunke Jaising with the students participating in the Plastic Free Campaign on 15 August 2017