ZERO WASTE MANAGEMENT: A Module for SCHOOLS
One of the more serious problems that some countries and any other schools in particular encounter nowadays is pollution which is due to improper handling and disposal of solid wastes. This problem occurs not only in urban areas where population density is high and human activities are continuous and intense but is also felt in the regional and rural areas.
In Metro Manila, the population density is 14,440 persons per square kilometer, 63 times more than the national average. Per capita waste production daily is estimated at 0.66 kg. More than half a kilo of trash per person per day is a lot. The volume of daily wastes weights in a little over 6,000 tons. Only 85% of these wastes are collected. Uncollected wastes pile up and fester in street corners and marketplaces, vacant lots and other open (often unauthorized) dump sites. Ubiquitous scavengers light into these waste piles to pick whatever they can salvage from the junk. These waste materials are the breeding ground of flies, mosquitoes, rats, and other manner of pests and disease-carrying organisms.
An irreducible amount of waste also finds its way into bodies of water, into ditches, storm drains, and sewer mains. This does not only contaminate and pollute our waters; come the rainy season, garbage plugs up the city’ sewerage and flood waters rise-causing untold damages to life and property. Common sense tells us that the most cost-effective way of managing waste is to do something at the source generation, that is, at home, at the office or at the institutional level.
This module hopes to raise environmental awareness and demonstrate practices in schools that would address the present environmental problems
1.To transform the school into Zero Waste Zone.
2. To protect our natural resources from being squandered
3. To send less trash to polluting dumps
4.To help cut greenhouse gases (GHG) that are propelling climate change
- To promote and inculcate ecological awareness, action and commitment in the university and in the community.
- To push for university policies and programs that will prevent and reduce wastes and toxins
- To advance and apply best practices in the ecological waste management including materials substitution, reuse, repair, recycling and composting.
- To support safe and sustainable livelihood and enterprise for cleaners and recyclers
- develop and popularize the vision
- conduct waste audit
- implement supportive policies
- integrate zero waste in the school curriculum and classroom activities
- institute an Ecological Solid Waste Management Program
- evaluate and track progress towards the Zero Waste Objectives