Chandigarh: About months back, Panjab University banned napkin papers in and around the joint eateries of Students Centre, also known as StuC. This step was taken by the Department of Student Welfare (DSW) to make the surroundings in the university clean, but huge piles of used plastic cups, glasses and plates have been collected lying along the boundary wall of the fountain.
PU is one of the top-ranked universities famous for the availability of many courses and its green environment. On a visit to the campus, a Daily Post team saw piles of trash mostly containing glasses made up of plastic, near Students Centre. The work that should have been done by the university management is be accomplished by poor ragpickers who pick these plastic articles and sell them for some money.
Harsimran, a student, said, “Banning of napkins in StuC is not the way to maintain cleanliness. If they really want to ban something then they should ban plastic glasses which are not safe for us and the environment.”
Sharing the same, Aditya, a student of PU, said, “Most of the students target dustbins from a distance and try to throw used cups and other waste items into them. This is the other reason which creates untidyness. As they think this is a cool thing they are doing.”
The fact is that plastic is not biodegradable, but is chemically degradable by the action of light. Most plastic does not ever disappear, but becomes long-lasting plastic dust. Plastic items release toxins that then contaminate soil and water which is harmful for the environment and living beings.
Emanual Nahar, Dean of DSW, Panjab University, said, “We provided dustbins in Students Centre but most of the students are not making use of them. Instead of throwing the waste here and there they should put them in the dustbin so that the surroundings of the campus would be maintained.”
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