Resources

Sustainability is core to the University’s mission. PolyU endeavours to follow appropriate waste management principles to make good use of resources and to adopt practices with a strong waste prevention focus. PolyU also integrates resource consciousness into its routine operations and activities for all stakeholders.

 

Notifications and Guidelines 

Notifications and Guidelines

  Notices and labels are displayed visibly reminding all users of the need to use resources effectively and to reduce waste and care for the environment.

Guideline for Green Promotion and Campus Activities has been devised and is available to all stakeholders to encourage more green practices in planning and organizing different events and activities on campus.

 
 

Water Resource Conservation

Various types of water saving devices are employed on PolyU campus: 

  • Dual-flush water closet toilets
  • Sensing faucet with shower-type aerators
  • Water saving shower heads

Dual-flush water closet toilets

Water saving shower heads

In addition to having these devices, PolyU also collects rainwater for flushing or irrigation and recycles condensing water as make-up water for cooling towers. The bleed-off water from cooling towers of the air conditioning chiller plant is also reused for toilet flushing.

 

Resource Recycling

Resource Recycling

PolyU designed and introduced a set of recycling bins named UniRe® on campus to bring about even greater convenience in waste recycling.

Varied types of resource recycling points have also been set up to collect paper, metal, plastics, glass bottles, rechargeable batteries, banners and unwanted clothes and items for further reuse and recycling. More than 60 recycling points on the Hung Hom Main campus and Student Hostels are currently in use to collect these resources.

 

 

 

Eco-Block

Eco-Block

PolyU uses recycled glass and construction waste as major constituents in developing and producing environmentally friendly paving Eco-Block. With the addition of photo-catalyst in the 3rd generation, Eco-Block can help removing nitrogen oxide which is one of the common air pollutants. It is now widely applied in pedestrian areas on campus and in many public places in Hong Kong.

 

 

Secondhand Items Exchange

Secondhand Items Exchange

To minimize the wastage of usable materials, secondhand items exchange activities are held occasionally which provide opportunities for the campus community to exchange usable items with others.

 

 

Used Items Donation

 

Used Items Donation

Channels for donating unwanted items to charity organizations are also available. Collection bins for clothes, books and household items are placed on campus and student hostels. Used Item Collection Campaigns organized by Polytechnic University Staff Association are also regularly held on campus.

 

 

Reusable Items Collection Campaign at Student Hostels

 

Reusable Items Collection Campaign at Student Hostels

Every year, reusable items collection campaigns are organized at Student Hostels during the mass check-out period in around May to collect the unwanted items such as books and cooking utensils. The collected items will either be re-distributed or sold to new hall residents at the beginning of the following academic year.

 

Recycling Competition

 

Recycling Competition

To encourage recycling behaviour, the Inter-hall Recycling Competition runs regularly since 2014. It successfully increases waste recycling and promotes proper recycling behaviour among the hall residents.

 
 
 

Green Purchasing

PolyU recognizes the importance of adopting green procurement to build a sustainable campus. To promote the use of green products, PolyU has formulated the Green Procurement Policy and Finance Office has also highlighted the issue of green procurement in purchasing procedures. Environmental considerations are to be taken into account as appropriate when departments plan to purchase goods and services.

The following are some recommended green materials and equipment:

  • Printing paper with 100% recycled contents or certified by the “Forest Stewardship Council” (FSC)
  • Electrical appliances with the Grade 1 requirement of the Energy Efficiency Label
  • Photocopiers with low ozone-emitting design and toner recycling mechanism
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Lamps such as LED lamps, T5 fluorescent tubes and induction lamps
  • Food consumption as no Shark’s fin and Bluefin tuna are purchased
  • Construction material with green element is adopted
  • Environmentally Friendly Refrigerantssuch as R-134a and R-407c are selected to minimize the effect of fugitive emissions from the air conditioning system to the ozone layer
 

Waste Check Charter

 

Waste Check Charter (since 1 October 2015)

PolyU is among one of the first tertiary institutions that signed the Waste Check Charter to look into practices leading to waste reduction. 

 

 

 

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