Notice: Recycling of general waste on UP campuses

Posted on July 21, 2015

Campus: All campuses
Buildings affected: All buildings
The Campus Service Division (Waste and Environmental Management) in the Department of Facilities Management is responsible for the removal of general and hazardous waste from all campuses of the University. The University’s decision to recycle is in support of its initiatives with regard to sustainability as set out in its 2025 Strategic Plan.
Staff and students who want to get involved in recycling are requested to report to the Campus Services Division where they will be given plastic bags. Recyclable waste must be taken to the relevant recycling point (see table below) by 08:00 on Fridays, from where the responsible contractor (The Waste Group) will remove it.
Festival Street
Agriculture Building
Visual Arts Building
Recycling area
Waste skip at the Pathology Building
HW Snyman Building
Waste skip in the parking area
Waste skip at the incinerator
Sport Campus
Waste skip at the Sports Centre
Waste skip at the animal clinic
Currently approximately 2,45 tons of recyclable waste is removed from University campuses every day. The aim is to increase the total amount of recyclable waste to 5 tons per day. In 2014 the total volume of recyclable waste removed was 288 734 kg, whereas in 2015, 288 897 kg of recyclable waste was recovered during the past six months only.
It is important to recycle waste for the following reasons:
  • Recycling is one of the best ways to make a positive impact on the world in which we live.
  • Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases are released by waste dumps. Recycling therefore helps reduce the pollution emanating from landfills.
  • Recycling reduces the need for raw materials, which contributes to for example the preservation of rainforests.
  • Large amounts of energy are used when products are produced from raw materials. Using recycled material requires much less energy and thus helps conserve non-renewable natural resources for future generations.
  • Landfills are filling up too rapidly and the available space for landfills is decreasing.

Manager: Waste and Environment
Ilze Ueckermann
Tel: 012 420 2046
Cell: 079 527 5775
Email: [email protected]

Prof Susan Adendorff
Director: Facilities Management
- Author Ilze Ueckermann

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