Single use plastic items
To tackle the issue of disposable items made of plastic, such as cups or cutlery, we introduced the “bring your own mug” discount, which saves thousands of paper cups and it is considering switching to compostable disposables and introduce a food waste bin in all Students' Union venues across campus. Also, following student feedback, plastic straws have been substituted by paper ones, which are compostable and much more sustainable. Furthermore, concerns have been raised regarding the Meal Deal offer, which encourages students to purchase bottled drinks to qualify for the deal. This issue has been brought to the attention of the Students' Union Commercial Services team, who are currently considering the possibility of modifying the Meal Deal and have an alternative option for costumers with reusable bottles. Finally, the Students' Union has worked collaboratively with the University to install more water fountains across campus and it is considering introducing a reverse recycling machine, to encourage recycling and reduce plastic going to landfill.