New and improved recycle bins for a more sustainable community


In the strategy for a more sustainable campus, the NOVA School of Science and Technology is developing actions to improve its waste management and new infrastructure to increase recycling rates. Each and every student, professor, researcher and collaborator is an agent of sustainability, who must be encouraged to adopt correct behaviors to achieve the goal of increasing recycling at the School and reducing the amount of recyclable material sent to landfills.

In partnership with Amarsul, five Collection Points (CP) were installed in strategic locations on the campus, for the disposal of waste for the School's internal management. These CPs are of conditioned access and contain large-capacity containers, replacing the current bins in use (lifting by crane).

The same collaboration also allowed for the creation of six new locations equipped with outdoor recycling baskets, with public access, for depositing undifferentiated and recyclable waste (plastic, glass and paper packaging). These recycling bins are managed internally and the waste is sent to the nearest CP until the managing entity collects it.

All buildings have interior recycling bins, the amount of which has been gradually increased, as well as boxes for Batteries and Accumulators at all entrances and/or Department secretariats.

The School additionally has two containers for WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). A large container, located in Building VII (next to the vending machines) and a smaller holder for the collection of WEEE, placed in the basement of the Departmental Building (next to the bellows door). These containers are used to place equipment that required electrical current, a cell or battery to work and that have reached the end of their life, such as household appliances, IT material, electrical and electronic tools and monitoring and control instruments.

These initiatives are part of Sustainable FCT NOVA , which reflects the School's commitment to aligning its activities and responsibilities with the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations for Sustainable Development, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Consult the map of the new recycle bins here.