Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2019, Vol. 10 ›› Issue (5): 530-536.doi: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764X.2019.05.009

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The Situation with College Express Packaging Waste and Recycling Recommendations—Taking the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as an Example

ZHANG Wenjing*()   

  1. Graduate School of University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 102488, China
  • Received:2019-04-08 Accepted:2019-07-02 Online:2019-09-30 Published:2019-10-11
  • Contact: ZHANG Wenjing E-mail:zhwj0829@126.com

Abstract:

Questionnaires and interviews are employed in this paper to investigate and analyze the situation with respect to express packaging waste at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GCASS). The survey results show that: (1) the campus receives a large number of express packages and there is, in turn, a considerable amount of packaging waste; (2) there are four main types of express packaging materials: paper packaging, plastic bags, wrapping tapes and package fillers; (3) neither the students nor the school perform well in the recycling of express packaging waste; (4) the samples investigated in this paper can be divided into four categories by cluster analysis, and the author infers from this that the colleges and universities with a large proportion of female students should pay more attention to the issue of recycling of express packaging waste. Several suggestions are presented based on the research results: (1) establishing a campus waste recycling system is the most efficient way to solve the problem of express packaging waste at GCASS; (2) we should advocate for green packaging and manage it from the source of waste generation because most of the express packaging material does not easily degrade naturally, and this represents a huge hidden danger to human health and the environment; (3) the school should cultivate student awareness of environmental protection. If education and penalties are implemented together, the recovery system will run better.

Key words: colleges, express packaging, recycling, waste, China