ของนักศึกษาคณะพยาบาลศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยสยาม Student Project Challenge 2020
Making Compost from Aquatic Garbage
Project of Nursing Students, Siam University for SUN Student Challenge 2020
Venue: Sripradu Community, Bangchak canal
A small community close to Siam University with no entry road or roads in the community. The members commuted through a small walkway and a bicycle path, via a bridge over Bangchak canal, which links the community with Pradubangchank temple, Petchkasem 34.
Project Advisor: Assistant Professor Orntipa Songsiri, Dean of Nursing School, Siam University
Project Leader: Mr. Pakinai Tontubthai and his nursing student friends
Nursing students have organized a long-term project to resurrect Bangchak canal, located in the back of the Siam University campus. This long canal links Bangluang canal with Bangprom canal. The students, who have regularly visited the communities alongside the canal, provided advice on health checks for the residents and were concerned with the water pollution problem. They then designed “water garbage traps” with the hopes to help clean the polluted water. The garbage from the traps were then collected monthly and sent to a land plot in the Sripradu community center with the help of Acharn Viroj Maneewong, a leader of a community. The students worked on how to manage the collected garbage. They began with building a stall inside the community to separate trash and waste, such as plastic debris from the aquatic weeds. With the help of community members, the latter was then used to make compost. The residents decided to use this compost within the community, instead of purchasing chemical products from outside vendors. After a period, they realized that not only the trees were more fruitful, but the environment, especially the air and water in Bangchak canal, the community bloodline, was cleaner. Since the beginning of the project, 10 tons of garbage from 120 households in Sripradu Community had already been turned into tangible products. With the success of the project in Sripradu, the Nursing students hope that they can persuade other communities alongside Bangchak canal to adopt this idea of creating compost from aquatic garbage. This sustainable activity will certainly be continued in the future and carried out by the Nursing students of all academic years.