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GRU - Management and Reduction of Waste in Universities in Italy

The Italian Ministry of Environment issued a tender for projects on environmental information and education to be presented by associations and foundations. One of the topics was waste management. The proposals had to be primarily directed at students. In the light of the ongoing waste emergencies in famous Italian cities like Catania and Naples, AIAT kick started and led a project entitled “GRU” (Management and Reduction of Waste in Universities) in collaboration with a number of partners to increase the awareness of this problem, exchange best practice knowledge and improve students’ responsibility with regard to the correct ways of reusing, collecting and disposing of waste. Students from the Polytechnic of Milan, the University of Naples and the University of Catania became involved in the project. Activities included introductory lessons on basic issues related to waste management and prevention, improving the operation and effectiveness of “Isola Ecologica” (waste collection areas) at universities, field visits to waste treatment plants, info points about the GRU project and its objective, and working groups for the improvement of waste management in universities. The ENEP Platform was used to disseminate the project and to collect contributions by European environmental professionals about “best practices” on the topic. Some best practices were collected, analysed and included in the guidelines of the GRU Project.


Outputs of the GRU project:

  • Master thesis on the improvement of waste management in university campuses
  • 10 rules for waste prevention in university dorms
  • Glossary on proper waste separation at the source
  • Newsletter (2 issues) completely devoted to the dissemination of the project
  • Guidelines targeted at the university administration, setting out general principles and practical advice for waste prevention within campuses and for Green Public Procurement (GPP)


Further information: http://www.green-planet.ro/resources/2014_Bucarest_Grosso.pdf

http://www.progettogru.it/ (in Italian)