In February this year the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the African Region (BCCC-Africa) was selected among the top 10 finalists for the BE.Innovative Contest. The contest was organized by the Centre for Behaviour & the Environment to develop innovative behavioural solutions to environmental pollution problems.
On the 27th of June, 2022 BCCC-Africa launched the “University of Ibadan Food Waste Recycling/Composting Pilot Project” (No Food Wasted Project) its beahaviour centred intervention.
The objective of the Pilot project is to test the effectiveness of behaviour-centred interventions in influencing students towards environmentally sound outcomes, which in this case involves influencing students to sort their food/organic waste at source as a precursor to composting.
The event held at the Kuti hall Cafeteria at the University of Ibadan and featured a talk on “Composting Right” delivered by Mrs. Oyetoun Alonge (Public Relations Officer) of the University of Ibadan Teaching & Research Farm. In her presentation she intimated the students on the process of composting and on what materials were compostable and on those that were not. This was followed by a brief session anchored by Mrs Blessing Olayiwola, a Supervisor at the Health Safety & Environment (HSE) Services Unit in charge of waste collection. The session involved educating students on the proper disposal of organic waste into the compost bins to facilitate the collection process.
Students participated in the Pilot project by signing up for what was tagged the University of Ibadan Food Waste Challenge (#UIfoodwastechallenge). This involved collection of Compost waste bins, compostable trash bags and informational materials for effective participation and sensitizing other students around them. During the period of the “challenge” participants are expected to segregate their food/organic waste into the provided bins and put them out for special collection by the HSE Unit.
The Project is funded by the Prevent Waste Alliance, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ). More information: https://prevent-waste.net/en/
See pictures from the event here: https://www.basel.org.ng/index.php/photo-gallery/launch-of-no-food-wasted
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