In line with its Environmental Sustainability Policy, Rhodes University strives to promote opportunities, initiatives and measures that enable the university to minimise its waste generation wherever possible, promote re-use, recycling and composting, and apply responsible hazardous waste management, in order to minimise its waste footprint.
Waste management at Rhodes University
Leading by example:
The Institute for Water Research supports calls for an end to the use of single-use plastic water bottles except in emergency situations. The environmental and health consequences of the manufacture, transportation, use and disposal of these bottles are well documented. The Institute does not supply single-use plastic water bottles for meetings, alumni events, conferences, etc, and requires catering suppliers to comply with this. Both staff and students are encouraged to make use of multi-use water bottles.
Information on single-use plastic can be obtained by following the link to the
Makana Plastic Action Group https://www.facebook.com/MakanaPlasticAction/
2-bag system at RU: **PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR WASTE FROM HOME TO CAMPUS**
- CLEAR BAGS = recyclable materials
- BLUE BAGS = disposable waste
2-bag system in Town: **PLEASE SEPARATE YOUR WASTE AS REQUESTED**
CLEAR/ORANGE BAGS - recyclable materials.
BLACK BAGS - disposable waste.
Recycle the following:
- Follow the links to find out how to deal with garden waste, food waste and other biodegradable matter: Organic and Worm farming.
- Please ensure safe disposal of chemicals, e-waste (old electrical equipment, tablets, computers, etc), medical/pharmaceutical waste, cigarettes, sharps, printer cartridges, used oil, etc). Hazmat
Local Recyclers' contact details [click on the link]
Hazardous Waste: Ensure safe disposal of chemicals, e-waste, medical/pharmaceutical waste and sharps.
Sustainable Waste Ideas
Reduce unnecessary consumption, packaging and waste generation.
Re-use waste creatively for arts and crafts. Visit Kisma Kreative.
Recycle - the last option in the 'waste hierarchy', delaying the entry of waste into the system.
Waste Act - Centre for Environmental Rights: links to regulations and other documents issued under Waste Act - Centre for Environmental Rights permanent link or National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008.
Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za
Last Modified: Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:55:43 SAST