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CFM takes a sustainable step by discontinuing the distribution of advertising print material

Starting from 1 February 2024, Post & Logistics will cease the internal distribution of paper advertising print material. Last year December, Procurement kindly requested all suppliers of the UT to refrain from sending advertising print material. With this initiative, CFM aims to reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable university. This message explains why this change is important.

Why do we want to stop receiving and distributing advertising mail?

  1. It is more sustainable: Advertising leaflets constitute a significant portion of incoming mail. An estimated 75 kg of advertising leaflets arrive daily, amounting to over 18,000 kg of paper annually, all of which ends up as waste. This accounts for nearly 10% of the paper waste produced by the UT. This cessation represents a substantial reduction in paper waste at the UT and a positive environmental impact. Additionally, it reduces both internal and external transportation movements, contributing to a decrease in CO2 emissions.
  2. Aligns with the digital era: This initiative aligns well with the capabilities of the digital age. Advertising material is also digitally available through supplier websites. Much advertising material goes unread and ends up in the recycling bin, making the move towards digital options is more sustainable.
  3. Increases efficiency for Post & Logistics: Ceasing the distribution of advertising print material allows Post & Logistics to operate more efficiently, saving time on mail sorting and mail distribution.

What do we mean by advertising print material?

All print material, whether unsolicited or addressed, created by companies to advertise products and services for existing and potential customers.

What can you do?

If you still receive addressed advertising because you are a customer of a company, help us by opting out. You can often do this by sending a short email to the organization. The address can usually be found on the mail piece. Advertising with your address and addressed "to the residents of" is also considered addressed advertising. You can opt out of this for free through Postfilter.


If you have any questions about this message, please feel free to contact Daniëlle Hendriks through contractmanagement-proc-cfm@utwente.nl.