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Waste prevention

CAU - first university in Germany with waste prevention concept

Around 1,300 tons of waste were produced every year at Kiel University between 2011 and 2015. The recycling rate was only 30 percent. On behalf of klik, cyclos GmbH developed a solid concept for waste prevention at the CAU in 2017/2018. This concept is the first of its kind for a university in Germany. Based on two sorting campaigns, the waste at the university was recorded in detail and projected for a full year.


The systematic evaluation of waste produced at CAU showed that 15 to 30 percent of the university’s waste could be prevented. This included mainly paper and plastics, such as unused paper towels, outdated printed materials, paper printed on one side only, and half-empty plastic rubbish bags.


Together with the student-led Waste Prevention Working Group, klik initiated and supported waste prevention measures at the CAU. In 2019, the waste produced had decreased by 40 percent compared to 2015. At the same time, the recycling rate increased to over 50 percent.