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Waste sorting at recycling stations

The recycling stations at UiB contain the fractions glass/metal packaging, plastic packaging and residual waste. Paper is sorted in dedicated boxes in each office. All other types of waste must be sorted in the nearest disposal room.

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About recycling stations

At UiB's recycling stations there are three fractions; plastic packaging, glass/metal packaging and residual waste. UiB use the same fractions as Bergen municipality. Additionally, a cardboard box for sorting paper is placed in every office. All other types of waste must be brought to the nearest disposal room. For hazardous waste separate regulations exist, and such waste must never be disposed in the regular disposal rooms or at sorting stations.

Posters with waste sorting instructions must be visible near all waste sorting stations.


Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging is packaging formerly used for wrapping food items or other products, and must be clean and dry when disposed of.

What is plastic packaging? Plastic bags, plastic foil, food packaging, ketchup bottles, plastic packaging used for fruit, mild detergent bottles etc.

What is not plastic packaging? Depositable plastic bottles, single-use coffee cups, pens, buckets, all plastic containers marked with hazard symbols, flower pots, and all other plastic not used for packaging.


Glass or metal packaging

Glass and metal packaging is glass or metal formerly used for wrapping food products.

What is glass or metal packaging? Jam jars, non-depositable glass bottles, metal tins, other metal food containers.

What is not glass or metal packaging? Porcelain, drinking glasses, mirrors, ceramics, metal not used as packaging.


Residual waste

Residual waste are leftovers after sorting everything that can be sorted in different fractions at recycling stations or in disposal rooms.

What is residual waste? Dirty plastic/paper/cardboard/paper cups, pens, binders, food waste, textiles, shoes, gift wrapping paper, porcelain, mirrors, styrofoam.

What is not residual waste? Everything that either is recyclable or is problematic/hazardous/explosive/ionizing, for example:

  • Plastic, glass and metal packaging is sorted in recycling stations
  • Paper is sorted in paper boxes in offices
  • Cardboard/carton, electric and electronic waste, printer toners, batteries, fluorescent light tubes, cellular phones, are sorted in disposal rooms
  • Hazardous, ionizing, explosive and problem waste have strict disposal regulations and must never be treated as residual waste



Paper recycling cartons are placed in each office, and everyone must bring their own paper to the disposal room. All paper must be clean and dry to be able to recycle it. There are designated containers for cardboard in the disposal rooms.

What is recyclable paper? Writing paper, paper for printers/copiers, windowless envelopes, newspapers and journals, brochures etc.

What is not recyclable paper? Gift wrapping paper, window envelopes, plastic coated paper, single-use coffee cups etc.


Other consumer waste

Cardboard: Separate containers in waste disposal rooms,

Electric and electronic waste: Metal cages in waste disposal rooms.

Toner cartridges

Fluorescent light tubes

Mobile phones

Plastic foil: Certain buildings receiving large amounts of plastic wrapped merchandise have arranged for recycling of plastic foil.

Glass: Certain buildings have arrangements for recycling large amounts of glass bottles, jars etc.

Batteries: Check your local waste disposal room.

Depositable bottles or cans: Local arrangements. In student cafetarias, use the provided solutions for depositable bottles and cans.