UTMN goes green

Society and Culture 20 February 2019
For two years, UTMN volunteers have been realizing an environmental project “5R” (Refuse, Reduсe, Reuse, Recycle, Recover), initiated by Hussein Sadykhov, a student of the UTMN Institute of Chemistry. Currently, Ekaterina Mogilnaya, a student of the UTMN Institute of Biology and alumnus of the Russia Youth Environmental Program, manages the project that aims to form and develop environmental thinking of UTMN students and staff. 

Separate collection of waste plastic and paper is now available at the UTMN Institute of Biology, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Institute of Earth Sciences, and Institute of Finance and Economics. 

Despite there is a waste sorting plant in Tyumen, separate waste collection is still very important, as the quality of materials after the plant sorting is worse due to contamination by non-recyclable or food waste. Separate waste collection helps to reduce the amount of waste landfilled in the region and therefore reduces environmental pollution. By sorting waste materials, it is possible to save up to 70% of money spent on mixed waste management services. 

“The 5R team work towards UTMN entering an Association of Green Universities of Russia,” said Ekaterina Mogilnaya. 

Apart from promoting waste sorting, 5R members also contribute to environmental education of UTMN students and staff. They regularly give lectures, organizes eco festivals and educational games. 

“Environmental education, saving resources, separate waste collecting and other activities to reduce our environmental footprints are very important for a student who cares about our planet,” noticed the head of the project. 

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications

Link to Russian version: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/novosti/obshchestvo-i-kultura/683749/ 


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