Covenant University

Waste To Wealth Initiative

The waste to Wealth project was inaugurated and commissioned on the 8th of October 2014 with the focus to managing the three major categories of wastes being generated in Covenant University and Canaan Land. These include Pet bottles, Paper wastes and Food wastes. The focus being to process them to reusable products.
Material comparison of waste generated in the academic areas (A)
Material comparison of waste generated in the academic areas (B)
Material comparison of waste generated in the academic areas (C)
The practice of collecting, treating and management of solid waste prior to the disposal has become a necessity in developing and modern societies. Over the years, it is known that most wastes that are disposed have a second hand value. They can be recyled and reused, hence reducing the pressure and consumption of virgin materials. However, the construction cost for conventional Material Recovery Facility(s) MRFs has been a major barrier for the implementation of conventional technology to recover wastes by local authorities in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.
In addition, these technologies require considerable techical expertise, which is often not available in developing nations to successfully operate the MRFs.

The waste to wealth initiative focuses on planning and affordable technology in tackling and converting waste generated in the entire Canaan land into useful products.
  • The Pet bottles to be processed to pellet form where it can be used as starting materials for fabrication of new products.
  • The Food wastes to be processed into manure for usage in the University farm via compositing.
  • The paper wastes are for processing to newsprints,tissues and other related products.

University’s Waste Pet bottles:

The committee processes the waste pet bottles of the University via collection, sorting and bailing the materials for pickup by Alkem Nigeria Limited and afterward the company will process the payment into the University’s waste to wealth account. The account is being managed by the Directorate of Financial Services of the University. This process is in collaboration with the signed MoU between Covenant University and Alkem Limited. The bailing machine was donated to the University in line with the signed MoU and always maintains the equipment whenever there are issues. All the details of payment can be ascertained from DFS office. The bailed materials are moved out via an exeat memo by the company (see attached a copy).

Wastepaper Recycling

In like manner, the wastepaper processing is driven in line with MoU collaboration with Belpapyrus Limited that recycled them to tissue papers for usage in the University. The wastepaper is collected and sorted by W2W workers and the company usually comes into the University to pick them up and these are recycled by the company to tissue paper for usage in the University. Since this operation six years (6) years ago, the University has not been spending money on tissue paper purchase; rather has been using the recycled tissue paper. Once the wastepaper is processed to tissues, the company supplies the product, which after auditing, are stored with the storekeeper that disburses the usage to the University community.

Why This is Important to Covenant University

Environmental Sustainability and Operation Education
Global recognition and contribution to the United Nation’s SDGs
Serve as an income generation source for the University
An effective way of engaging our Students in paid employment

The Motivation

Recyclable

Over the years, it is known that most waste that are disposed are recyclable and can be reused.

Waste Reduction

Provide excellence in waste reduction, recycling services and other sustainable campus practices

Volunteer Opportunities

To provide students with direct experience in environmental management through environmental stewardship, academic internship, paid positions and volunteer opportunities.

Waste to wealth data for 2 years in Covenant University

Waste To Wealth data for 7 Months (JUNE - DEC) in 2021

Date
Rice/Swallow
Bashan
Akara
Fish
Plantain
Total

JUNE

302.55

80.56

175.28

162.11

542.63

1,263.13

JULY

295.81

70.29

151.59

152.04

511.59

1,181.32

AUGUST

326.24

72.22

120.86

110.28

488.67

1,118.27

SEPTEMBER

285.65

68.25

111.56

98.55

328.45

892.46

OCTOBER

322.46

98.78

145.32

188.77

577.24

1,332.57

NOVEMBER

278.56

48.56

111.23

168.65

346.11

953.11

DECEMBER

782.55

114.75

126.50

183.55

442.57

1,649.92

TOTAL

2,593.82

553.41

942.34

1,063.95

3,237.26

8,390.78

Half a Year Total (2021)
8,390.78 kg

Waste To Wealth data for JAN - AUG 2022

Date
Rice/Swallow
Bashan
Akara
Fish
Plantain
Total

JANUARY

238.48

197.18

161.04

72.25

207.99

876.94

FEBRUARY

111.22

135.52

155.22

22.34

115.76

540.06

MARCH

172.64

155.54

121.59

98.51

451.61

999.89

APRIL

168.48

196.44

347.71

112.66

454.20

1,279.49

MAY

103.32

254.28

465.60

156.10

659.22

1,638.52

JUNE

106.96

196.44

328.64

108.61

367.66

1,108.31

JULY

128.92

322.11

340.22

175.32

298.12

1,264.69

AUGUST

132.81

186.45

322.56

91.35

179.55

912.72

TOTAL

1,162.83

1,643.96

2,242.58

837.14

2,734.11

8,620.62

Year Total (2022)
8,620.62 kg
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TOTAL AMOUNT IN BOLD IN KILOGRAMME IS TOTAL FOOD WASTE OBTAINED

Details of Students' participation in the covenant University waste management initiative

Some of the Universities involved in Waste Recycle Program

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