Agreement between Yangon University and GEGG Myanmar (not for profit Association) to Support
“Sustainable Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) Management for Greening of the Yangon University Campus Project”
24 November 2015
Waste as a Resource is a fast emerging global paradigm in view of environmental degradation, pollution and resource constraints. Wastes when not properly managed are major health and well-being determinants and have negative visual and aesthetics impacts, affecting the image of a country. Universities have a major role to increase awareness, education and training and foster the paradigm change. It can also research and develop the science, technology, and management practices and the business and economic case of Waste as a Resource.
The MSW project is envisaged to be the first of a building block towards Waste as a Resource and the Vision and Objective of a Clan and Green Campus.
Convocation Hall of University of Yangon
1. Project Background
Yangon University (also known as University of Yangon, UY), YU is the oldest national university in Myanmar established on 1st December 1920. The campus is among the beautiful universities in the region with many trees, colonial style residences and students’ canteens located next to the Inya Lake in the prime area of Yangon city. In line with the Yangon University’s priority goals of maintaining the campus clean and green, the project idea was conceived in September 2015 by the Yangon University Green Group and approved by the Coordination Committee of Yangon University on 19 September 2015.
On 21 September 2015, GEGG’ U Kyaw Lwin Hla and Dr. Nay Htun met with Rector Dr. Pho Kaung, Pro-Rectors Dr. Kyaw Naing and Dr. Aung Kyaw and discussed the possible areas of collaboration which include the MSW Project.
The overall goal of the Solid Waste Management Plan is to introduce the collection of municipal waste with trash bins placed in all the buildings and in the open campus area of the University. The three colour bins will be labled with waste types. Green for bio-degradable including food and kitchen waste, leaves, grass discarded branches and plants etc. Blue – recyclable waste including paper, cardboard, etc. Red for non-recyclable waste – light blubs, florescent tube, foam, batteries and hazardous wastes. A fourth colored (e.g Brown) bin for hazardous, toxic, e-wastes, will be added, once this is available.
This is a pilot project and if it proved to be successful, it could become a model project for other institutions in Myanmar to emulate.
The project has a number of objectives:
4. Actions/Deliveries by the Yangon University.
5. Actions/Deliveries by GEGG Myanmar Association
GEGG (IN CLOSE CONSULTATION AND COORDINATION WITH YU) will also:
6. Expected Outcomes
It should be noted that the above “Expected Outcomes” are envisaged to yield results in the coming two years 2016 & 2017 as the project will end on 31 December 2017. GEGG-Myanmar assistance is to help with the start-up activities of the Project. The Yangon University has a small budget provision for this project.