Don't let waste go to waste

Published: 08 March 2023

Text: Anne-Marie Korseberg Stokke

Photo: Angelique Culvin-Riccot

Are you good at sorting your waste at work? The numbers show that you probably have some room for improvement. In 2022, everyone working in Oslo Science Park sorted about 55% of their waste. That means almost half of what was thrown away ended up in general waste.

"We want to reach a sorting rate of 70%. So, we still have a little way to go," admits Steffen Hammersgaard, the operations manager at Oslo Science Park.

Since January 1, 2023, it has been mandatory to sort waste in all commercial buildings, and at Oslo Science Park, regular trash bins were replaced with sorting stations several years ago. In addition, there are waste containers in the environmental station in U1, right next to the garage exit. There you can dispose of special waste such as glass, porcelain, metal, electrical waste, and batteries.

"If you need a cardboard box for collecting batteries, you can ask for one at the Service Desk. When the box is full, you empty it into the correct container at the environmental station," says Steffen.

Recyling Station

You can find recycling stations in several locations in the building. In U1, you will find our Environmental Station where you can deposit cardboard, paper, glass, metal, batteries, electronic waste, etc.

See the recycling guide



Counting the garbage

Oslotech, which runs Oslo Science Park, can extract reports on the waste produced in the park every month. In addition, they will now analyze the general waste to find out where there is room for improvement in waste sorting.

"It will be exciting to see," says Steffen, but reminds us that it's not reports and analyses that do the sorting job.

"If we all take an extra two seconds when we throw something away and ask ourselves, 'Is this general waste or can it be put in one of the other bins right next to it?' Then the sorting rate will automatically increase."

Help us out

Do you see standalone trash cans in the park without the option for waste sorting? Notify, and they will be replaced.