Recycling and waste management
The Politecnico is committed to managing campus waste in the best possible way: by separating our waste correctly, we can give new life to materials that can still be of use and avoid having to dispose of them.
Use the correct containers provided throughout the university by following these simple rules: your contribution can make a difference!
If you have any queries, or for waste categories not listed here, or for information on waste, please contact the University’s Sustainability Service: serviziosostenibilita(at)polimi.it.
Blue container - Paper
Sheets of paper, cardboard, magazines, pamphlets, books, notebooks, paper bags, paper packaging and tetrapaks
Dirty and/or food-contaminated paper, used napkins and tissues, wax paper, plastic-coated paper, cellophane, plastic-coated boxes, carbonless paper, dirty paper cups and plates, dirty pizza boxes
Yellow container – Plastic and aluminium
Water and soft drinks bottles, liquid containers in general, polystyrene, plastic plates and cups, grocery bags, cling film, tubs, aluminium drinks cans, metal food cans and canisters, aluminium caps
Glue and paint containers, packaging with residues of dangerous substances, plastic cutlery, document wallets, biros, CDs, sellotape
Green container - Glass
Bottles, jars, glass vases, glasses, glass items in general, broken glass
Window panes, light bulbs, glass-ceramics, mirrors, Pyrex, ceramics, medicine containers
Brown container – Organic waste
Food waste and, in general, anything biodegradable and compostable
Paper food packaging, liquids
Grey container – General domestic waste
Anything that cannot be recycled (e.g. biros, plastic cutlery, CDs, cigarette butts...)
Waste that can be recycled, batteries, dangerous waste (medicines, glue and/or paint containers, spray cans, light bulbs…), bulky waste, WEEE (USBs, mobile phones, MP3s, computer mice, electrical sockets and adapters, electric cables…)