13 November 2017

Waste separation in more university buildings

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In five university buildings waste is separated in waste separation systems (Victor J. Koningsberger building, Ruppert building, Educatorium, Spinozahall and Janskerkhof 2-3a). This number will be expanded in 2018. The Administration building already has separate waste bins, but not all waste flows are separated. That will happen from the beginning of 2018. In addition, employees and students in the University Library in the city centre, Drift 21, 23 and 25, the Academiegebouw, the Langeveld building, the Sjoerd Groenman building, the Buys Ballot building, the Androclus building, the Dining Hall, the renovated Minnaert building and the new Geo tower will also start to separate waste.

Which waste flows do we separate?

The university is going to separate more waste. The waste separation systems contain compartments  for clean and dry paper, empty cups, organic waste (vegetable, fruit and garden waste), plastics and general waste. These waste systems will be placed in central locations in the buildings. There will no longer be waste bins in the offices and lecture rooms in these buildings. Stickers with icons on the separate waste bins help you to see which waste goes where. An infographic tells you more about waste, what goes where and how you can personally contribute to more reuse and recycling. For example, a tea bag is considered organic waste, a paper towel is general waste, while an empty cup goes into the special compartment for cups.

Why do we separate waste?

The better we separate our waste, the more waste we can reuse and recycle, and the less general waste must be burned. Better separation leads to less CO2 emission. This fits the university's sustainability ambitions. In 2016, general waste made up 64.8 percent of the total volume of waste. In 2015 it was 65.2 percent. By 2020 this should be 30 percent.

When will we start separating waste?

In the beginning of 2018 the waste separation starts in the university buildings mentioned above. In each building, specific communication takes place about the exact start date.

Why separate waste in these buildings?

Because the budget now is insufficient for waste separation systems in all university buildings, a selection has been made. This selection is based on the amount of people in a building, the extent to which it has a public function and the buildings are spread across the four regions.

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