Greening the Pietermaritzburg Campus Through Anti-Litter Drives
The Pietermaritzburg Campus Management Forum (PCMF) hosted anti-litter drives in August and September on the Main, Golf Road, and Agriculture campuses.
At each event, between 40 and 50 UKZN staff and students spent an hour removing litter from the campus environment. Each team collected more than 30 bags of litter. The enthusiastic response led to the scheduling of another clean up on Pietermaritzburg’s main campus on 2 October.
‘This is one of the kinds of campaigns that we need to encourage staff and students to work together for a campus that they will be proud of, because a clean campus is a healthy as well as beautiful one,’ said PCMF Director and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Professor Albert Modi.
‘I really appreciate that staff and students took time out of their day to pick up litter. We plan to do much more in this regard, including sensitising people to the issue and inviting small businesses and the local municipality to join in, because more than just a clean campus, we want a clean Scottsville, and a clean Pietermaritzburg.’
In a drive to encourage students and staff to take responsibility for the spaces they occupy, to beautify the campus and to recycle, the PCMF is also hosting a competition to develop a logo, slogan or mascot for the Green Campus Campaign.
The anti-litter campaigns join the line-up of campus recycling initiatives, an education programme and an awareness competition that form part of the Forum’s Green Campus Campaign, which will be officially launched on the Library Lawns on Pietermaritzburg’s main campus on 9 October at 12h15, where competition winners will be announced.
Plans include setting up recycling depots on campus that are visible and accessible to staff and students, and establishing an education programme to create awareness of the effects of litter among the broader student population using tools like documentaries.
Words: Christine Cuénod
Photograph: Kusthuri Chetty