There is no waste in nature... waste is an entirely human phenomenon
- Harold Gess
Sustainabile waste management is one of the Environmental Sustainability Policy directives. Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of its waste generation. Waste is the byproduct of consumption. It is growing into an insurmountable challenge on all fronts. It is estimated that campus generates 1991m3 of waste per month, the equivalent of 25 12m-shipping containers per month. The goal is to reduce excess consumerism/consumption of resources and the resulting waste. This is the responsibility of all, indivdually and collectively. The ideal would be a reimagining of the consumerism paradigm and a progression toward green circular economy.
The current recycling multi-bag system was established by the city of Makana and is supported by Rhodes University. Ideally refuse is seperated at source with recyclable materials in clear bags, and domestic waste in black or blue bags. Recyclables that are not included in the primary collection system are then easily identifiable by informal recycling sorters to sell on by weight to local recycling companies. See DIY Recycling Station Kit.
RU Infrastucture and Operations Division is responsible for implementing sustainability measures in line with the Policy. This includes:
Follow link for more detailed information on Recycling at Rhodes University
Recycling Collection Points:
IWARS is currently working with government to implement Buy-Back Centres in Makhanda.
SPCA: Grahamstown SPCA takes in recyclable materials, including plastic, paper, cardboard, metal and glass bottles. Please ensure that these materials are clean and dry, and glass separate from the rest of the materials. Recycling materials must be dropped off at the SPCA. Funds that the SPCA receives for these materials go back into keeping the centre afloat. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page.
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.
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