Waste management

The activities on a university campus (student life, research, administration, teaching, catering) generate a significant amount of waste. Since the best waste is that which does not exist, the UNamur is committed to reducing and sorting its waste, and to facilitate recycling and reuse.

Waste management at the UNamur has three objectives:

  • To reduce the production of non-hazardous waste by 10%.
  • To reinforce selective sorting
  • To make the most of the recycling channels

Non-hazardous waste

The management of non-hazardous waste (PMC, paper and cardboard, household waste, glass, etc.) is handled by the Infrastructure and Campus Management Service (SIGeC).  Here are the latest initiatives that have been put in place:

  • Glass sorting has been extended to student circles and accommodation as well as to the accommodation of visiting professors,
  • No more single-use plastic items are available in the commissary,
  • Selective sorting has recently been extended to the student circles (the last Gallic village to be conquered),
  • 160 sorting islands have been installed and distributed in the corridors and halls of all the buildings on campus,
  •  Students now use reusable cups instead of disposable ones,
  •  90% of the UNamur professors have given up plastic for their syllabi

Hazardous waste

The management of hazardous waste (chemical products, organic waste, etc.) is handled by the Prevention Service (SerP).  A form allows you to order online containers for the disposal of liquid and solid hazardous waste of 3 types: biological, chemical and radioactive. More information (in French) ...

If you have any questions about waste sorting, send an e-mail to

LabA zero waste laboratory in URVI

Laboratory research generates a large amount of single-use plastic waste, as equipment must be clean or sterile. The Integrated Veterinary Research Unit (URVI) is gradually replacing these costly and polluting plastic supplies with their glass counterparts.  More info about this CaNDLE 2021 project...

Eco-responsible student life

 In early 2013, the General Student Assembly (AGE) launched a pilot phase for the use of reusable cups on a large scale.

It collaborated with the non-profit organisation l'Autre Pack, which is in charge of the Welcome pack, and the Ecoteam group for the sale of organic vegetable baskets, and organic food stands during some evenings. It also launched awareness campaigns on energy saving, cleanliness and waste sorting, for example, by introducing recycling, composting of green waste in the Project Student Residences (Kots-à-Projets - KàP) and the collection of corks and plastic caps.

KàPs, such as Ekot and Ekoteam, are committed to the environment, while others, such as Démocrakot and Bonnefrankot, organise activities to raise awareness of fair trade and citizenship.