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Sustainable Waste Management in United Kingdom Higher Education Institutions

Olayinka-Olagunju, JO and Colbeck, I and Dosumu, A (2013) 'Sustainable Waste Management in United Kingdom Higher Education Institutions.' Scottish Journal of Arts, Social Sciences and Scientific Studies, 17 (1). 101 - 113.

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The purpose of this paper is to assess sustainable waste management practices in United Kingdom Higher Education Institutions. A mixed method research approach using Estate Management Statistics data and semi-structured interviews was applied to evaluate the waste collection, recycling and disposal approach, recycling trends and barriers associated with recycling for five UK universities. The results show that all five institutions had increased the amount recycled by using licensed waste contractors. Universities that used coloured-coded bins for their waste collection performed better than those that used single coded bins. The results have identified barriers hindering waste management within universities. Recycling can be increased when such information is widely publicised, awareness is created through education, bins are strategically located and information of what should be placed in each bin provided. The paper provides an analysis of waste management strategies in UK universities. It has identified barriers to recycling and suggests solutions to increase recycling rates.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: municipal solid waste (MSW), recycling, higher education institution (HEI), sustainability, coloured-coded bins, landfill, single coded bin
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2014 22:18
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 10:16

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