In order to make a positive contribution to lowering our carbon footprint, four measures have been included in the Roadmap Sustainable campus that will bring about a visible reduction.
Waste management at EUR
At EUR, the separation of waste is done as much as possible by employees and students themselves. In order to steer this process in the right direction, new waste bins have been placed throughout the campus since the end of August 2020. Here, among other things, organic waste, coffee cups, paper, plastic and residual waste are collected separately. Other residual flows such as small chemical waste, glass, swill (cooked leftovers), white goods, construction and demolition waste are already collected separately per type through a waste management procedure.
Besides saving CO2 and energy, waste separation also raises awareness, which will eventually lead to a reduction in the amount of waste. Waste separation thus contributes to the creation of a waste-free campus.
The measures EUR is aiming for in the coming years are:
- 75% reduction in the amount of corporate waste through separate waste collection;
- 50% reduction in the amount of waste produced;
- 50% reduction of packaging materials;
- 50% reduction of coffee cups, and stimulating reuse through cup sharing.
These measures will save more than 300 tons of CO2 per year.
At the beginning of this year, the first step towards reducing the carbon footprint was taken in the form of a composting machine. A composting machine quickly converts organic fractions such as swill and coffee grounds into compost. This results in 85 - 90% reduction in volume and weight. Processing this type of waste on site reduces the need for storage space and improves hygiene because there is no need for swill containers, which usually provide a breeding ground for rats. It is still being investigated whether the end product of this composting machine can be used as a soil improver on the campus by the landscapers for fertilising plant pots.