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Separating waste at the UG

Since the end of March 2021 onwards, the UG has started to separate waste at its source. This means that we are not only separating waste after collection; the UG environment has also been equipped to enable staff and students to separate their waste when throwing it away. To this end, we have deployed waste islands. This page offers information about separating waste at its source.

Waste-free university
The waste policy objectives are ambitious: the UG wants to reduce its amount of residual waste, and all residual waste must be circular by 2026. The aim is to make the university more sustainable, this policy taps into one of the university’s values.

UG waste policy objectives 2021-2026

  1. By the end of 2026, 95% of all hazardous and non-hazardous waste will be separated
  2. 15% reduction of the total amount of waste by 2025 compared to 2020
  3. Strive to make all residual waste circular by 2026

Infogram A Waste Free University
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By separating waste at its source, waste flows that can be recycled are created. This will eventually result in the elimination of waste; it will all be able to be reused as raw materials.

  • All UG buildings are or will be equipped with waste islands
  • These waste islands are placed in distinct locations
  • Every waste island has bins for every type of waste
  • Each type of waste bin has its own, easily recognizable colour
  • Waste separation reduces waste by 80%
  • Less waste goes to the incinerators
  • More waste can be recycled
  • Less CO2-emissions are exhumedLower waste disposal costs are incurred
  • This contributes to the UG’s circular objectives

Our previous waste bins are being gradually replaced from 22 March 2021 onwards

Wich types of waste will we separate?
  1. Residual waste, for example: a pen and a tea bag
  2. Paper, for example: a newspaper or envelope
  3. Plastic, for example: plastic packaging
  4. Cups, for example: cups from the hot drinks machine
  5. Organic waste, for example: food waste and dairy waste
Consequences for staff and students
  • We, staff and students, will need to separate our waste inside UG buildings
  • Waste bins beside work stations will be removed
  • We, staff and students, will encourage each other to dispose of our waste responsibly

Frequently asked questions

How is the waste processed?
  • Paper is recycled into new paper.
  • Coffee cups are recycled into toilet paper.
  • Organic waste is turned into compost.
  • Residual waste and plastics are separated into metal, glass, usable plastic and organic waste. What remains is processed to be used in generating electricity.
Are the waste islands large enough?

The large models comprise 5 bins of 60 litres each. That means that up to 300 litres of waste can be deposited into any given waste island.

Who collects the waste?

The waste islands are installed by the UG’s staff members hired under the Participation Act. If the waste has been properly separated, they can then deposit the blue, grey, green and orange bin bags into separate containers on location. Non-standard waste or waste of deviating size can be collected via the waste disposal method that is applicable to each location.

Last modified:15 June 2021 11.18 a.m.
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