By 2030, UU aims to no longer burn or dump waste. By reducing waste and optimising waste processing, we as a university are moving towards a business where we no longer speak of waste, but of raw materials.


This is how UU will be Zero waste by 2030: explained in two minutes.


Zero Waste in four steps:

  • Understanding waste

    Knowledge of how and where waste is generated, material use and how different waste streams are processed leads to the ability to steer processes such as procurement, collection and processing.
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  • Circular purchasing

    The way and the type of product we buy affects the waste that eventually emerges at the end of the chain.
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  • Waste separation

    Waste is collected separately. The better we do this, the more waste we can reuse or recycle, and the less (residual) waste we have to incinerate.
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  • High-quality reuse

    When waste is collected separately, products and materials can be more highly processed.
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Zero waste captured in four numbers


  • 59% of all waste is treated at high quality.
  • An average of 1,941,810 kg of waste is thrown away annually across UU.
  • An average of 794,603 kg of waste is incinerated or landfilled every year.
  • We can reduce residual waste by 83% through better waste separation.