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Institutional solid waste management, its characterisation and potential for recycling: A case study of University of Venda, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Edokpayi, J. N.
dc.contributor.advisor Mulaudzi, R.
dc.contributor.author Owojori, Oluwatobi Mary
dc.date 2020
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-07T12:58:54Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-07T12:58:54Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07
dc.identifier.citation Owojori, Oluwatobi Mary (2020) Institutional solid waste management, its characterisation and potential for recycling: A case study of University of Venda, South Africa. University of Venda, South Africa.<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1605>.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1605
dc.description MESHWR en_ZA
dc.description Department of Ecology and Resource Management
dc.description.abstract The generation of waste remains a fundamental aspect of human living and the mismanagement of it manifests as a great plaque in the composite environment. The management of solid waste is highly tedious because it involves inter-disciplinary measures coupled with lots of skills and expertise. The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 flagged the all-inclusive responsibility of world leaders to team up against difficulties that must be collectively addressed if mankind is to get by on this planet. South Africa is focused on the full execution of the UN sustainable development goal (SDG) 2030 which is in harmony with South Africa's national development plan (NDP) with critical focus on sustainable waste management practices. There are challenges in the South African waste management sector, prompting both missed financial chances and superfluous negative environmental effects. This study addresses the problem of solid waste management in a South African tertiary institution with the aim of proposing a sustainable waste management strategy for the University. Through field survey, stakeholders’ interview and personal field assessment, the solid waste profile of the institution was established and characterized. The waste generated across selected activity areas was collected from the designated waste bins and hand sorted into categories using the ASTM D5231-92 standard method (ASTM, 2008). The results showed that students generate waste in the halls of residences at an average of 1.7 kg /capita/day. The results also revealed that the average percentage of all recyclables and compostable in the institution’s solid waste is 69% and 26%, respectively. A sum of R7,360,847.00 was estimated to be realizable per annum if all recoverable waste from the selected activity areas are harnessed. A solid waste management strategy has been proposed which can be applied to this institution as well as similar institutions in the developing countries for a sustainable environment. en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_ZA
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 161 leaves : color maps)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Characterisation en_ZA
dc.subject Recycling en_ZA
dc.subject Solid waste en_ZA
dc.subject Tertiary institution en_ZA
dc.subject Waste-recovery en_ZA
dc.title Institutional solid waste management, its characterisation and potential for recycling: A case study of University of Venda, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Dissertation en_ZA


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