Waste

The TU/e Intake Chemical Waste – consisting of the Chemical Distribution Center building and the Recycling Center – takes care of the discharge of all chemical waste of TU/e. In this process a distinction is made between non-hazardous and hazardous industrial waste.

Hazardous waste
Hazardous waste is transported every day from the depots at the buildings to the Chemical Distribution Center. There the waste is sorted out according to 140 different waste streams.

Non-hazardous waste

At the Recycling Center industrial waste streams such as wood, glass, paper, scrap, rubble and residual waste are sorted out and discharged to the waste collector. Office waste, already separated, is collected by the external cleaning contractor and deposited into the designated containers. In addition, the caterer separates the waste emerging from the preparation kitchens, including the streams of cooking oil and swill waste (cooked kitchen waste and left-overs).

Collection of waste with Tulips in Flux and Traverse buildings
In the recently completed Flux building a new waste collection method on the shop floor has been chosen. When residual waste streams are separated better, this results in streams that can be reused or recycled. In this way, waste can often be turned into a raw material again. Each kilogram of waste that does not need to be incinerated as residual waste yields a saving of 840 grams of CO2 emissions.

Objective
At present approximately 59% of the university waste is comprised of residual waste. In 2020 we will reduce the percentage of residual waste to 40%.

Tulips
Collection units have been positioned at central, clearly visible and easily accessible locations in the building, the so-called Tulips (one Tulip for every 25 workplaces). These Tulips replace the waste and paper bins from the offices.
Check out the table of waste streams in the Tulip.