Resources and Waste

The WG Resources and Waste works on the management (collection, temporary storage, transport and treatment) of all types of waste produced by the universities, in implementation of legislative and technical standards. It collects and disseminates, also from the perspective of the "circular economy", practices aimed at raising awareness on the issue of proper waste management and to address behaviors to prevent waste production from its origin: from the non-use or limited/shared use of certain objects or substances to the virtuous management of goods and materials in order to extend their useful life as much as possible.

View the full composition of the Working Group here


The sub-working groups active in the Resources and Waste WG are:

  1. Temporary waste storage guidelines
  2. Disposals for furniture
  3. Good practices
  4. Separate waste collection
  5. Waste and good practices Covid emergency
  6. Indicators
  7. Intergroup WG Food - Resources and Waste
Sunday 05 February 2023
National Food Waste Prevention Day established in 2014 by Last Minute Market's Zero Waste campaign with the Università di Bologna
Tuesday 14 February 2023
A workshop "Disposal of movable assets: format and reference guidelines" organized by the RUS WG Resources and Waste is being held at the Università di ...

WG activities

2023 Workshop "Disposal of movable property"

Workshop organized on February 14, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Bologna by the RUS Resources and Waste Working Group

European Week for Waste Reduction - EWWR

The European Week for Waste Reduction - EWWR is an initiative to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions on sustainability and proper waste management during a single week in November.

Insight materials

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Events contributions

2022 - Urban metal mining - Industrial Visions of Circular Economy - Event flyer

Ms Eleonora Perotto – Politecnico di Milano, National Coordinator RUS WG Resources and Waste – The role of the RUS WG Resources and Waste in promoting the circular economy
Prof. Silvia Serranti – Director of the Museum of Art and Mineral deposits – LUMM - "Latina Urban Mining Museum": The design of a new Sapienza museum for sustainability
Eng. Emiliano Cerluini – Manager HSE Italferro S.r.l. – gruppo Fiori – Metal recovery in crushing and deletion plants: circular economy industry
Prof. Stefano Leoni – President A.I.R.A. Industrial Auto Recyclers Association – End-of-life vehicles: nodes and potential toward the circular economy
Pier Luigi Franceschini – Direttor of EIT Raw Materials CLC South – The importance of metal recovery in Europe for the energy and digital transition

2021 - EWWR 2021 European Week for Waste Reduction. Find out who participated to this edition of EWWR 

2021 - ECOMONDO - The green technology Expo 

2020 - EWWR 2020 European Week for Waste Reduction
Politecnico di Milano - AVANZIMANIA and Sustainability Quiz: Rifiuti e sostenibilità, quanto ne sai?
Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia/Ca' Foscari Sostenibile - Series of seminars on traceability and certification of supply chains and advanced research projects
Università degli Studi di Firenze - The Age of Waste
Università degli Studi di Torino/UniToGo - "Spazzolino digitale. Un byte alla volta contro i rifiuti invisibili"

2019 - EWWR 2019 European Week for Waste Reduction
Politecnico di Milano - Progetto Polimi- Cingomma and Flyer
Università degli Studi di Padova - Come ti riciclo? Simboli ambientali degli imballaggi
Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" - "Le città miniere del futuro: come ricavare materie prime dai rifiuti"
Università degli Studi di Torino/UniToGo - Initiative outcomes - Video of "DifferenziamoLo Strano"



Canale Energia, La Rete Universitaria per lo Sviluppo sostenibile guarda a nuovi progetti, Interview of Ms. Daria Prandstraller, July 20, 2018




Università Roma Tre - “  - Circular South" Program of dock3 - The Startup Lab and Conai test business ideas of circular economy and verify their potential on the market, open to university students and graduates of the universities of Southern Italy. 

Università degli Studi di Padova -  - “CEWMS - Circular Ecomony of Waste Materials and Sustainability" Initiative aimed at creating a synergistic network between the various stakeholders in the area by leveraging not only the results that can be obtained through advanced research, but also the ability to propose sustainable cultural models through training.


Reuse AEE

Università degli Studi di Udine - – “Portale del Riuso” - Since 2017, assets and equipment have been given away free of charge to other public agencies, schools, and nonprofit organizations;

Politecnico di Milano: - - “Give them a chance” - Since 2020, personal computers no longer used by the University have been donated to school-age children for distance learning;

Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (Cesena) - - “Trashware” - People, companies, P.A. donate material that would otherwise have to be disposed of to the University, which in turn donates it to local businesses that need it.

Reuse various materials:

Politecnico di Milano - - Since 2019, material used by architecture students for model building is collected, immediately (re)usable by other students.

Reuse is sharing:

Politecnico di Milano - - Bicycle garage, run by students, to support small repairs and the rebirth of usable bikes again;

Politecnico di Milano - - “POLISharing" - Agreements for shared use of mobility equipment.

Raise consciousness and educate on reuse:

Università degli Studi di Salerno - - “Greenopoli” - LCA environmental disclosure with an innovative training method, which has also helped to encourage actions to reduce waste production and reuse.