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University of Sharjah
Dr. Mohamed Abdallah
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department - College of Engineering.
Leader of Waste Management
Dr. Sourjya (Shorjo) Bhattacharjee
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Leader of Waste Management
Current Projects and Achievements
Move towards a zero-waste campus by diverting maximum amount of waste from landfills.
Promote waste reduction & reuse programs on campus.
Apply waste segregation, recycling & composting for material recovery.
Implement energy recovery systems on campus.
Minimize and safely dispose hazardous waste, including lab- and e-waste.
Manage the construction & demolition wastes using eco-friendly techniques.
Raise awareness of the campus community about sustainable waste management.
- Waste Minimization
- Total amount of waste reduced on campus annually (ton/year)
- Specific amount of waste reduced per weighted campus user annually (ton/person/year)
- Waste Reuse
- Total amount of waste reused on campus annually (ton/year)
- Specific amount of waste reused per weighted campus user annually (ton/person/year)
- Waste Diversion
- Total amount of waste diverted on campus annually (ton/year)
- Specific amount of waste diverted per weighted campus user annually (ton/person/year)
- Waste Recycling
- Total amount of waste recycled on campus annually (ton/year)
- Specific amount of waste recycled per weighted campus user annually (ton/person/year)
- Energy Recovery
- Total amount of energy recovered on campus annually (kWh/year)
- Specific amount of energy recovered per weighted campus user annually (kWh/person/year)
- C&D Waste Management
- Total amount of C&D waste diverted from landfill (ton/year)
- Fraction of C&D waste diverted from landfill (%)
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Fraction of hazardous waste safely managed (%)
- Electronic Waste (E-waste) Management
- Total amount of e-waste segregated, reused, or recycled on campus annually (ton/year)
- Fraction of e-waste segregated, reused, or recycled (%)
- Recycling blue bins are available in some offices and departments at the university in order to facilitate the recycling for students, staff, and faculty members.
- SO is currently discussing potential collaboration with Bee'ah regarding recycling within university buildings.
Paper Work Reduction & E-Communications
- As per the internal memo by the University Chancellor, UOS staff and faculty members are encouraged to reduce paper work and move to electronic communications.
- For 3,055 courses, 98 programs, 700 faculty members & 15000 students, UOS automated all files by implementing an E-portfolio system.
- The Sustainability Office sends regular announcements regarding double-sided printing for students, staff, and faculty members.
- The university has multiple donation boxes distributed on campus.
- In addition, we have the policy to donate useful material to Sharjah Charity. The remaining items can be sold as scraps to interested companies.
Click here to see the Policy
- Green wastes are collected and transported to a nearby composting facility. The produced fertilizer is reused as a soil conditioner.
- E-waste depots are located throughout the campus to receive various kinds of electronic waste. Those depots are emptied regularly.
- UOS manages the toxic waste through a qualified waste disposal contractor called "Wekaya".
- UOS has a separate contract for each facility in order to effectively manage the waste based on each waste generator.
- Treatment is carried out at the waste treatment plant located in AlSajaa.
- Promote recycling inside the university buildings
- Supply desk-side recycling bins for paper products, beverage containers, and cardboard in all campus offices and classrooms.
- Supply suitable recycling bins for faculty housing and student dorms.
- Propose a new effective recycling-based waste collection system for the campus.
- Promote a paper reduction policy with programs such as: "Think before you print", "Print double-sided", "Consider not printing at all", and "Green paper-free meetings".
- Switch to reusable mugs, water bottles, and bags within campus.
- Establish donation stations at convenient locations on campus.
- Stations can receive items such as furniture, clothes, homeware, books, etc., particularly during moving out of staff & students and from existing community.
- Free pick-up can be arranged to encourage participation.
- Donated items can be sold for a low price to sustain the operation of the facility.
- Establish convenient E-waste drop-off locations on campus.
- Those depots can receive ink/toner cartridges, cell phones, computers, monitors, televisions, and most other electronic items and peripherals.
- Reusable items can be sold for a low price to sustain the operation of the facility.
- Centralize printers and copying machines: Currently, a study is being conducted to get rid of all decentralized printers and replace them with centralized ones.
- A large fraction of waste, particularly grass trimmings and kitchen waste from restaurants and households can be turned into a useful soil amendment through composting.
- The composting process can be easily implemented and operated on campus.
- The compost can be used to fertilize green areas on campus, or to be sold externally.