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Responsible Disposal of Hazardous Waste at Rhodes University

Rhodes University has identified various systems for socially and environmentally responsible disposal of items that are otherwise hazardous to the environment - which has implications for human health. The University is committed to identifying and minimising hazardous wastes on campus, and ensuring satisfactory disposal of wastes (hazardous and general) that cannot be reused or recycled - in keeping with its Environmental Policy and legal requirements such as the Environmental Conservation Act of 1989, the National Water Act, and the National Environmental Management Act. 

Staff and students in all departments and divisions are required to identify and minimise hazardous waste, and adhere to its socially and environmentally responsible hazardous waste disposal practices, in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, as well as the RU Health and Safety Policy‌, Environmental Sustainability Policy, and RU Protocol Hazardous Waste working draft‌. Find out the correct procedures for disposal‌.

Procedures for Disposal of Hazmat (hazardous material) at Rhodes University:

Each department, section or unit at Rhodes University should ensure that staff and students follow the correct procedures for dealing with hazardous waste generated in its area of responsibility.

What is hazardous waste?

It is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment, even in low concentrations. Hazardous waste contains or is contaminated by poison, corrosive agents, flammable or explosive substances, chemicals or any other substance which may have a detrimental or chronic impact on human health and the environment. 

More info: Hazmat

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Last Modified: Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:26:20 SAST