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Recycling and Waste Management

Recycling and Waste Management

Recycling is everyone’s business. Helping you do it right is ours.

While many institutions in developing countries are mandated by law to participate in recycling programs, LAU is taking the lead to initiate a program promoting the  “reduce, reuse, and recycle” mentality, not because it is easy or less expensive than the alternatives, but because it is the right thing to do.

A FM recycling committee was formed involving the constituency of LAU’s two campuses and came up with a complete study that was reported to the University Recycling and Waste Management Committee (RWMC). The study identified paper, cardboard, glass, cans and plastics as the main recyclable materials, noting that other recyclables may be added later on. For optimization purposes, it was decided to divide these recyclables into two streams: paper and cardboard on one side and glass, cans and plastics on the other.

The FM team researched potential recycling partners and presented the results to the RWMC, which opted for partnering with a nonprofit charity organization so as to maximize the positive impact of this initiative. The committee favoured “Association l’Écoute”, whose mission is to rehabilitate humans (mainly the deaf and blind and people with reduced mobility) through recycling materials. The profits from the recyclables is used to finance their needs for hearing kits and other medical services as well as providing them with full time employment opportunities. For further information, visit Association l’Écoute.

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