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Improving waste management systems using student-led activities: a case study for an international airport

Improving waste management systems using student-led activities: a case study for an international airport
Improving waste management systems using student-led activities: a case study for an international airport
Collaboration between universities and external organisations offers opportunities for multiple and mutual benefits. In this case study we examine a novel coursework task that challenges students to consider and evaluate waste management in a local airport with the intention that the work thus produced sets a possible agenda for the airport to enhance its waste management performance. The students were presented with a “real world” task enriched by context and potential applications whilst the airport benefited from the information generated and the menu of recommendations that was produced. Focusing on airside (aeroplanes and related operations) and landside (air terminal and office) operations, the students’ work highlights the need for and opportunities to provide systems and facilities that are appropriate to this task. Waste audits demonstrated a range of opportunities for improving recycling rates, notably in relation to signage and management of food waste. The mutual benefits of this collaborative venture were demonstrated via: i) the airport’s uptake of students’ recommendations and desire to participate in a follow-up activity ii) positive feedback from the airport and students and iii) the quality of the exercise as a vehicle for academic learning and development of professional and employability skills. Approaches to education in waste and
resource management incorporating collaborative work of this nature are strongly recommended.
Williams, Ian
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Shaw, Peter
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Williams, Ian
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Shaw, Peter
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Williams, Ian and Shaw, Peter (2017) Improving waste management systems using student-led activities: a case study for an international airport. 16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Italy. 02 - 06 Oct 2017. 26 pp .

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Collaboration between universities and external organisations offers opportunities for multiple and mutual benefits. In this case study we examine a novel coursework task that challenges students to consider and evaluate waste management in a local airport with the intention that the work thus produced sets a possible agenda for the airport to enhance its waste management performance. The students were presented with a “real world” task enriched by context and potential applications whilst the airport benefited from the information generated and the menu of recommendations that was produced. Focusing on airside (aeroplanes and related operations) and landside (air terminal and office) operations, the students’ work highlights the need for and opportunities to provide systems and facilities that are appropriate to this task. Waste audits demonstrated a range of opportunities for improving recycling rates, notably in relation to signage and management of food waste. The mutual benefits of this collaborative venture were demonstrated via: i) the airport’s uptake of students’ recommendations and desire to participate in a follow-up activity ii) positive feedback from the airport and students and iii) the quality of the exercise as a vehicle for academic learning and development of professional and employability skills. Approaches to education in waste and
resource management incorporating collaborative work of this nature are strongly recommended.

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Published date: October 2017
Venue - Dates: 16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, S. Margherita di Pula, Cagliari, Italy, 2017-10-02 - 2017-10-06

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Local EPrints ID: 432172
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432172
PURE UUID: a9d4e0a4-6ed7-495d-b246-9d17fc961c8f
ORCID for Ian Williams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0121-1219
ORCID for Peter Shaw: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0925-5010

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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2019 16:30
Last modified: 22 Nov 2021 02:52

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