12.2.5.Policies around use minimisation of disposable items

Lebanese University reduces the production of garbage and reduces food losses along the production and supply chains in order to improve the performance of all staff, faculty, and students. In this sense, the Lebanese University has initiatives on waste disposal to measure the amount of waste sent to landfills and recycled.

  1. Project at the Faculty of Public Health

Several initiatives have started in different faculties and/or branches of the Lebanese university. The most advanced project was launched in 2016 at the Faculty of Public Health 2 in Fanar, which has become a virtually zero waste facility: waste is sorted on-site, recyclables are sent to secondary sorting facilities and ultimately to recycling plants, while organic waste is composted on-site and is used to provide for an eco-garden created by the students.

The students at the Lebanese University - Faculty of Public Health (branch 2) began, three years ago, the initiative of proper management of generated waste after being surrounded by rotten and burning trash. They are sorting today for recycling and composting in the campus aiming not to add to the hundred thousands of tons dumped in our nature and to reach the path towards Zero Waste.

The National Center for the Quality of Medicine, Food, Water and Chemicals of the Lebanese University obtains ISO 9001:2015 certificate with distinctio

The ISO external audit committee granted the National Center for the Quality of Medicine, Food, Water and Chemicals of the Lebanese University the ISO 9001:2015 certificate with distinction, according to ISO international standards. The committee praised the accuracy of the quality system in the laboratory of microbiological analysis, which aims to examine samples of food and water and detect microbiological contaminants, achieving a maximum assurance of the test results’ quality and ensuring high performance of the Center services.

Professor Nazih Bou Chahine

The Director of the Center, Professor Nazih Bou Chahine, announced that, "after an effort and consistency of preparation and hard work of the administrative and technical staff, the Center received this certificate, which gives confidence to its role.” Bou Chahine added, “Following the agreement concluded between the Ministry of Public Health and the Center in 2016-2017, the Center became accredited by the Litani River Authority and the Federation of Southern Suburbs Municipalities to conduct the required analysis”.

The Director of the Center also prepared a draft agreement with the Ministry of Economy & Trade to be signed with the Lebanese University after the New Year's holiday. Pursuant to this Agreement, the Lebanese University will carry out analysis in the same manner as the Agreement concluded with the Ministry of Public Health.

The Lebanese University is also committed to a set of agreements with local municipal institutions and councils, in the fields of environment, pollution, production, consumption, waste recycling, urban planning and planning, including: