Who:

Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB. Founded in 1834
24.000 students, 5.000 staff members, 4 campus (425.000 m2)

Context:

Different kinds of waste are produced at university, from paper to radioactive waste. Hazardous waste has been separately collected for years and has been progressively completed by assimilated (household-like) waste sorting. Today, 16 different sorts of waste are collected separately.

Description:

The university is a pioneer in waste sorting among the French-speaking universities in Belgium. Waste comes from offices, housing, lab work and daily life on each campus. Since the 90s, hazardous waste must be collected separately. The university developed its waste sorting system firstly for paper and cardboard and then for plastic bottles and cans, glass, printing toners, electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, ferrous waste, bulky waste, light bulbs and tubes, gas cylinders. Students and staff members have thus the opportunity to sort their waste on the campus.

Budget:

Depending on waste and container type
Ex.: 40€/120L-bin; 750€/200L for a semi-underground container

Results:

172 t of paper and cardboard, 18 t of plastic bottles and cans, 18 t of glass, 79 t of bulky waste, 2 t of light bulbs and tubes, 2 t of biologic waste, 2900 printing toners were collected in 2010, in the main campus (2900 staff members, 17000 students),

Duration:

Started in 1990

Website www.ulb.ac.be/environnement

UGAF Category

Campus management /waste