AUTHOR/S: Michelle M. Soledad, Evtri E. Tabanguil, Rea R. Mapanao
The Ateneo de Davao University seeks to develop a culture of caring for the environment and is an advocate of sustainable development. There are a number of ways through which these two may be achieved, and one priority is the implementation of a sustainable ecological solid waste management system at all levels in the community.
The development and implementation of a solid waste management system is dependent upon data from a good baseline study. This study conducted a characterization and inventory of the solid waste generated by the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU ) Jacinto campus.
The data collected showed that the AdDU generated an average of 288.14 kgs of solid waster per day during a regular semester and 114.85 kgs per day during the summer term. Most of the waste (by weight), at 406.9 kgs and comprising 19% of the solid waste generated by weight, consist of leftover food. On the other hand, the type of waste with the highest amount by volume, at 12.53 cubic meters, are food wrappers.
It was determined that while conscious attempts have been made towards waste segregation, waste materials are not segregated at source in the Jacinto campus. Several strategies for ESWM have been suggested, and periodic ESWM monitoring is recommended.
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