RU is trying to improve its waste management practices, with the long-term goal of achieving zero waste. This requires a conscious effort on the part of staff and students to reduce their use of resources, for example, avoid unnecessary glass breakage, and re-use glass bottles instead of throwing away.
Grounds and Gardens manages waste and Recycling at Rhodes University.
The Paper/Card Waste Problem
Zero Waste - the best option in the 'waste hierarchy'.
Reduce unnecessary printing, packaging and waste generation.
Re-use paper/card waste creatively.
Recycle - the last option in the 'waste hierarchy', delaying the entry of paper/card waste into the system.
If other options for preventing waste are exhausted, it is possible to recycle most types of paper and card.
What's in? Most mixed paper is acceptable. Flatten cardboard boxes to take up less space.
Glass bins / drums on-campus
A recycling collection service was established in February 2011, in which an additional Recycling Collection Service is provided on Wednesdays. As their truck may reach your area very early, PLEASE ensure all bags are on the pavement BEFORE 9 am:
- Glass bottles: place in wheelie BIN / DRUMs at Green Points - see PDF Recycling Route Map- for collection. Or contact Grounds and Gardens
- Or you may deliver to local glass recyclers (see below) and receive payment by weight.
- Please do not mix these with wet/smelly items or food waste.
- Please do not include CFLs/Fluorescent lights
- Ideas for re-using incandescent light bulbs: http://www.greenecoservices.com/top-14-way-to-reuse-light-bulbs/
Other recyclable material
- Put altogether in CLEAR BAG (paper/card, tin/cans, all plastics /polystyrene), put on the pavement anywhere on the YELLOW ROUTE or at Yellow Points - see PDF Recycling Route Map- before 9 am.
- Indoor recycling containers: in the spirit of reducing purchase of unnecessary items, contact RU Catering Services, Buying Office, Printing Services Unit, etc, for re-usable boxes - label.
- Clear bags: staff may order from RU Catering Stores on Mondays - call x8121.
Recycling Containers and Bags
- Indoor Recycling Containers: You are encouraged to use large packing boxes etc - in the spirit of reducing purchase of unnecessary items and reducing our environmental impact. Contact RU Catering Services, Buying Office, Printing Services Unit, etc, for re-usable boxes. Use a simple label: SIGN Glass Recycling & SIGN All Recycling - and more useful signs.
- Clear bags & Blue bags: Order from RU Catering Stores on Mondays - call x8121.
Use the Makana Municipality 2-bag system (initiated 2 March 2009): place ALL recyclable materials (paper/card, glass bottles, tin/cans, all plastics /polystyrene) into an orange/clear bag for the usual garbage collection day. Non-recyclable (disposable) waste should be put out in a black bag. A 2-bag system: why?
You can also take glass and bottles to the contact below, or arrange for collection of large amounts. Payment is given for non-deposit bearing bottles & screw-top bottles for recycling (at Consol) & deposit-bearing alcohol bottles. Unemployed people welcomed to take bottle tops, rings, etc, for recycling or handcrafts.
Metal Master: 2 Cloncore St (near Metro Cash & Carry), Grahamstown. Open 07h30 – 18h00. More info: Butch Richardson / Len Bodill, 082 932 6844 / 046 622 3249 / butch(at)albanynet.co.za or wanstonfield(at)yahoo.com
Makana Glass & Bottle Recyclers has closed.
What's in? Most kinds of glass are accepted. Learn more about glass recycling from the Glass Recycling Company.
What's out? Smashed windscreens and plate glass. It is also good to consider the people who sort through our waste: remove wet food or items that would decompose or attract insects and rats!
Go to the Rhodes University ENVIRONMENT front page. Suggestions/Questions? Contact environment(at)ru.ac.za
Last Modified: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:07:18 SAST