IT hardware is replaced once every four years; old IT equipment is recycled in a eco-redistribution system. Advertisements to RSM employees are posted at intervals.
Waste paper and cardboard is separated into central bins on each floor of the T and J buildings. A service agency is contracted to collect the waste and transport it to a paper recycling plant in Rotterdam.
Textile towels are available in the WCs of Bayle and Mandeville buildings, saving paper.
After successful awareness and reduction campaigns, and with the collaboration of IT services at RSM adjusting the default settings on departmental printers, the use of paper has reduced during the last six years. (see materials and equipment).
A successful awareness campaign encouraged students to contribute to reducing e-waste in an environmental and social manner by trading in their old mobile phones with electronics resellers.
Since 2011, an estimated 480,000 used aluminum coffee pods have been collected and recycled by Nespresso. In spring 2017, RSM installed machines serving Piazza D'Oro coffee in the Mandeville Building. Machines serving Nespresso coffee were installed in the Bayle Building.
Envisioned sustainability measures
sustainable RSM has encouraged the Erasmus University Rotterdam Facilities Services to set policy and implement an integrated waste system; separate recycling points for glass, aluminum, plastic and food waste throughout campus - it's just good business! Members of the sustainable RSM committee focused research on integrated waste systems, benchmarks of other Dutch universities and presented findings and recommendations. The University Council approved the report and suggestions submitted and has asked EUR USC Facilities Services to implement the plan. This office has been asked to implement an integrated waste operation in 2017-2018 on the Woudestein campus.
sustainable RSM is in dialogue with Erasmus Food Lab (EFL) and the Vitam Catering service for expanding offerings of plant-based food production and delivery. The driving objectives: healthy products for our community, cost-savings, waste reduction, CO₂ reduction, and reduced impact on our environment. We work with the EFL manager, STAR Marketing and RSM academic departments to shape its business plan and activate projects in education and research. The opening of the Erasmus Food Lab is anticipated for Spring 2018.