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What should we do with organic waste?

Let’s make energy for our city!

Graphic: Let's make energy for our city!

What challenges are we facing?

Around 35,000 people will study, do research, or work at ETH by 2020.

  • The amount of garbage produced will continue to grow.

  • Every day people create a lot of organic waste, and this used to end up in the normal dustbin. However, it can be recycled to generate valuable energy.

  • Members of ETH separate organic waste from normal rubbish at home, and they would like to do the same her.

Why should organic waste be recycled?

The fermenting of organic waste completes natural cycles.

The processed product of the fermentation supports nature in helping plants to thrive.

By using renewable energy, we can protect the environment and reduce the greenhouse effect. The fermentation of organic waste builds gas and electricity. The process contributes to the reduction of CO2 levels.

We work in cooperation with the company Recycling Energie AG. The energy we create will be used to provide electricity to Zurich households. The by-product of the fermentation process will be used as compost by farmers in the Zurich/Aargau region.

“We need your support!“

The organic waste campaign depends on the personal commitment of the members of ETH Zurich.

Graphic: Use organic waste!  
We have 60 bio waste containers in use. We are pleased if you go on using the containers!


What is allowed to go in the organic waste bins? What is not?

What does not belong in the organic waste

How much energy can we generate with organic waste?

How much energy did we already produce? (current status: March 3, 2017)  
How much energy did we already produce? (current status: March 3, 2017)

Information and background

You can find more information about the organic-waste fermentation process and its effects at

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