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. Further incentives to increase uptake on the discount and a trial of a coffee cup recycling schem are currently being explored. Also, following student feedback, plastic straws have been substituted by paper ones, which are compostable and much more sustainable. 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.