Review and promotion of reduce reuse recycle (3R) practices for on-campus solid waste management

Review and promotion of reduce reuse recycle (3R) practices for on-campus solid waste management

This is an activity document that describes the work to be performed and/or activities being undertaken in the sub-project. Provide sufficient details so that we could disseminate the progress/status.

Date of report: 30 April 2014

Project Title: Review and promotion of reduce reuse recycle (3R) practices for on-campus solid waste management
Submitted by: Prof. Chettiyappan Visvanathan
Area of Activity: Solid waste management

A. Goals/Objectives/Plan

The goal of the project is in direct relevance to the ,AIT-a living sustainability laboratory,, targeting to translate the AIT campus into an exemplary behavior of responsible waste management.

Specific objectives of the project are:

  •  To conduct a detailed waste audit study in AIT and evaluate the existing 3R practices, and explore scopes for furthering 3Rs momentum in the institution
  •  To pilot a household organic waste composting activity

B. Progress/Completed Tasks (attach photos with caption of your activities)

  • Compilation and consolidation of past researches/thesis and data on AIT,s solid waste
  • Waste sampling activities inside AIT campus has been conducted based on random sampling of waste generated at three sectors: administrative/office area, residential area, and commercial areas.
  • A virtual tour of waste walk at AIT campus ( power point) has been prepared, highlighting both the good and bad practices of solid waste handling in AIT
  • Initial research and costing of household composter design has been done
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Figure 1: Waste composition (% by wet weight) at AIT campus at various sources

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Photo 1: Waste Composition Analysis/sampling

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Photo 2: Careless handling of solid waste

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Photo 3: Good practices of solid waste management (segregation and sell of recyclables, and yard waste and food waste management)

C. Future Work

  • Data gaps and redundancies will be rectified through further sampling (probably through student,s thesis work), with special attention given to packaging waste consumption (plastic, glass, metal, cardboards).
  • 5 household composters will be designed and distributed to the interested households for kitchen waste composting, and the performance of those composters will be monitored regularly. Depending on the success of the demonstration project, expansion of household composting activity will be planned.