Characterization and management strategies for solid waste generated at Universidad Santiago de Cali

Caracterización y estrategias de gestión para los residuos sólidos generados en la Universidad Santiago de Cali

Caracterización y estrategias de gestión para los residuos sólidos generados en la Universidad Santiago de Cali

Characterization and management strategies for solid waste generated at Universidad Santiago de Cali

Caracterización y estrategias de gestión para los residuos sólidos generados en la Universidad Santiago de Cali

The increase in the world population generates a great demand for products, goods and services, causing overexploitation, natural depletion and massive generation of solid waste (SW), and basic and higher education institutions do not escape this problem. Several studies have been carried out with the objective of implementing an adequate Solid Waste Management Plan in schools and universities. This work shows how the Universidad Santiago de Cali characterized the type of SW produced by the offices of the academic faculties, the blocks where classes are taught and the “Bulevar” food court. Likewise, paper is the most discarded material in all the offices of all the faculties (Health Faculty not sampled) and in the academic blocks. A high percentage of people (six out of ten people) deposit their waste in the university’s ecological points. In the Boulevard, a greater amount of organic waste was found. Playful, practical and pedagogical activities were carried out with the community. The generation of RS at USC compared to other universities showed similarities. In this study, more types of waste were sampled, while, in the other universities, the waste was characterized in the technical storage unit. This work shows how the Universidad Santiago de Cali characterized the type of SW produced by the offices of the academic faculties, the blocks where classes are taught and the “Bulevar” food court.