In various university buildings waste is separated in waste separation systems. The university wants to increase this number in the next years. The better we separate our waste, the more we can reuse and recycle and the less general waste has to be burnt. Better separation leads to less CO2 emission. This fits the university's sustainability ambitions. In 2017, the university recycled over 53% of all the collected waste. In 2017, general waste made up 62.2 percent of the total volume of waste. In 2016 this was 64.8 percent. By 2020 this should be 30 percent.
Different waste bin flows
The university separates the following waste flows in the waste separation systems: clean and dry paper, empty cups, organic waste, plastics and general waste. The combination of waste flows depends on the location of the bins. In buildings where waste is separated the separate waste bins are placed on strategic locations in the hallways in the buildings. There will no longer be waste bins in offices and lecture rooms.
Advice about contributing to 60% recycling
- Avoid waste! Print as little as possible, and where possible buy products unpackaged.
- Use as few paper towels as possible after washing your hands: shake your hands first and then one single sheet of paper towel should be enough to dry your hands.
- Use a sustainable water bottle: As much as 1 litre of water and 1 litre of oil are needed to produce a single plastic disposable bottle. Disposing of plastic bottles alse has an enormous impact on the environment, because a lot of plastic ends up in the oceans.
- Avoid using packaging for food.
The majority of our waste is of value. So, turn your trash into treasure.