SGT: Strategy for Waste Management @ Aalto

By Raja Muddassar Hassan

Although there are existing plans and strategies that is being implemented by Aalto waste management team to reduce the amount of waste and its efficient management. But this blog is aimed to suggest of the key guidelines that can be adopted in any locality.

a. Every year hundreds of students get enrolled in Aalto and during their initial days orientation lectures are delivered. One idea is to include the information about the waste management system in the orientation lectures so that the new comers to Aalto get familiar with the waste management system right from the beginning. This is very important especially for foreign students as the waste management system varies from country to country and it is also the matter of culture. So the students must be informed about their obligation related to waste.

b. If we assume that an efficient waste management system is the one which produce the minimum amount of mixed waste or in a broader sense a waste management system would be efficient if least amount of waste is going to the landfills. In order to achieve this waste segregation plays a key role as it would be easier to handle same type of waste. Also one proposal is to give incentives to the recycling companies such as metal rerolling mills, paper mills, glass factories, bottle manufacturers, energy companies to take part in recycling the waste. The companies should be welcomed if they want to test some kind of innovative approaches to recycle particular type of waste. Incentives could be in different form. This is also very important because in any way countries have to focus on recycling because the global resources are no unlimited and legislators and policy makers have to consider waste to recover materials and chemicals out of it.

c. Interdepartmental waste management award can be one possibility to increase the public awareness in different departments. In that way the department itself will put its effort to enhance the public awareness about the waste management among the students of that department.

d. The same approach as mentioned above can be applied country wide and an award for the university with most efficient waste management system can increase the awareness among public as this way media will also highlight the event.

e. Department of waste management should have the statistics about different types of waste and about their ultimate disposal not just counting the waste that comes to the bin but also how much waste goes for recycling and how much goes to the landfill. With proper data available the campus can also have an idea about economic evaluation of the waste management. For instance the campus can calculate how much energy can be produced from the energy waste being produced every month and then invite the energy companies to make their share in the waste management system.

f. Department of waste management should finance some master’s thesis to study in detail about the waste management system, vulnerable points and the potential solutions.