Serious about trash: recycling at UP

DANICA CHARLES

The Campus Services Division of Waste and Environmental Management is responsible for the removal of general and hazardous waste at UP.

The UP recycling initiative follows a 2025 strategic plan with regard to sustainability. The plan started in 2014 whereby 288 tons of waste was disposed from all UP campuses. In 2015, this number grew to 612 tons of waste and an 8% increase in waste recycling in 2016 was realised.

Residences at UP also have recycle bins (blue) on each floor and non-recyclable bins (orange). Paper waste, which consists of waste paper, old papers and textbooks, is removed from the University on Mondays and Thursdays. During the last four months of 2016, almost 2 092 tons of white paper were removed from campuses.

While cardboard was previously disposed of as other waste, 11 new recycling cages for cardboard collection have been placed across UP campuses.

During the last four months of 2016 approximately 16 403 tons of cardboard were collected from these recycling cages. Waste and Environmental Management manager, Ilze Ueckermann, said that the goals for UP for 2017 to 2018 are “to increase the volume recycled, from the current 18%, to 20%; ensuring that the product removed off campus is cleaner and less contaminated; making a video clip that can be used during training; making staff and students aware not to mix white paper with other paper when disposing it [and] reporting recycling per campus will be elaborated and optimi[s]ed”. Enquiries relating to waste management can be directed to Waste and Environmental Management manager, Ilze Ueckermann on 012 420 2046,

 079 527 5775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Any staff members or students interested in becoming more involved in recycling can receive support assistance from the Campus Services Division. Interested members will be given plastic bags in which recyclable waste can be taken to the recycling points (below) by 08:00 on Friday, where it will be removed by The Waste Group. Campus recycling points are as follows:

•Hatfield campus: Festival street, Agriculture building and Visual Arts building.

•Groenkloof campus: Recycling area.

•Prinshof campus: Waste skip, Pathology building, HW Snyman building and Waste skip parking area.

•Onderstepoort campus: Waste skip incinerator.

•LC de Villiers: Waste skip Sports Centre.

•Mamelodi campus: Waste skip animal clinic.

 

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