Waste management

Hazardous Waste Management

Ciências ULisboa takes an active role in preserving a healthy environment through the application of good environmental practices, the transfer of knowledge in this area and the awareness of employees, students and visitors. A correct waste management is, besides a legal imposition, an obligation of a Science School.



It has been possible to increase the recycling rate by placing outside ecopontos in strategic areas of the campus and also by placing small ecopontos inside buildings.

Location of all blue containers

Location of all yellow containers

Ciências ULisboa values recycling

Plastic recycling campaign in partnership with Valorsul

Ciências dá Valor à reciclagem!

Click on the image to access the plant with the location of the collection points "A plastic - A commitment to the environment".



FCUL Composting
One year: 40m3 of waste and 11,2 tons of compost



Composting process in Ciências ULisboa
How is Ciências improving organic waste management?


Permaculture research at the University of Lisbon, article published in February 2018 at the ECOLISE - European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability portal

"The Permaculture Living Laboratory, PermaLab, is a 600 square metre permaculture research garden
hat is physically and socially integrated within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon."


Blue Ecoponto - paper and cardboard 

  • Cardboard boxes, magazines and newspapers, writing and printing paper
  • Do not place plastic bags, polystyrene, dirty paper, silver paper, vegetable paper, paper with plastic, waxed paper, stickers 

Green Ecoponto - glass packaging

  • Bottles, jars
  • Do not place empty bottles of chemical reagents, dishes and ceramics, flat glass and glazing, crystals and mirrors, lamps

Yellow Ecoponto - plastic and metal packaging

  • Plastic packaging, beverage cartons, cans, plastic bags
  • Do not place empty packages of chemical reagents, paper and cardboard, household appliances

Ink cartridges and toners

Boxes for collecting used inkjet and toner cartridges in the following locations:

  • C1 Building – Near IT Services
  • C2 Building – 2nd Floor east, near women's toilet
  • C8 Building – 6th Floor, near the DQB room 8.6.33
  • TecLabs Building – Floor 0

Fluorescent and discharge lamps

Under the nascent bridge between the C1 and C8 buildings, there is a container from AMB3E for placing fluorescent and discharge lamps. If you also have lamps in your home that you want to dispose of, you can bring them and deposit them in the container.

Used oils

The Faculty periodically routes waste mineral waste oils (including pump oils). Users must deliver to the waste collection point outside the 1st floor of Building C1 on Thursdays between 10.45 am and 11.15 am.

Batteries and accumulators

Boxes for the collection of batteries and accumulators in the following locations:

  • C1 Building – 2nd floor, west atrium
  • C2 Building – 2nd floor, east atrium
  • C4 Building – G3S, room 4.1.26
  • C5 Building – 2nd floor, near the Surveillance Central
  • C8 Building – 2nd floor, administrative support
  • Tec Labs Building – Floor 0
  • MARE Building – Stairs between 1st floor and floor 0

Users can also request the collection of batteries and accumulators by e-mail.

9th battery collection campaign, held during December 2017

Waste from electrical and electronic equipment

The Faculty periodically routes waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Users can request the collection of WEEE by e-mail.


Waste Production Indicators

Collected by Lisbon municipality services, Ciências ULisboa produces annually around 300 tons of undifferentiated waste and 150 tons of recyclable waste (35 from paper and cardboard, 25 from glass, 10 for packaging and 80 for organic waste).

In addition to this waste, Ciências sent to licensed operators:

Annual production of recyclable waste, integrated in recovery circuits by licensed operators (values ​​in kg).

Typology 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Paper and cardboard 10166 14470 9850 18550 20480
WEEE 8959 2698 1598 3555 3433
Ink cartridges/toners 260 115 255 180 -
Batteries and acumulators 47 72 63 111 89
Lamps 301 24 124 152,5 197
Used lubricatins oils 45 186 - 88 -
Woods - - 1290 1360 1260
Metals - - 1290 2820 3890
Monsters - - 1287 180 -
Plastic - - 3000 3674,5 3985


Annual production of hazardous waste, sent to licensed operator (values ​​in kg).
Typology 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Hazardous liquid waste 1969 1619 2437 2982 10180
Biological solid waste 2311 1682 2233 4865 4063
Chemical/specific solid waste 461 607 413 1174 2043