KeepCups save waste

We are delighted to announce that over 50,000 fewer disposable cups have been used on campus since the introduction of the KeepCup scheme. Good work everyone. Have you got yours yet?

Sustainable Food and Drink Initiatives

Disposable Cup Recycling - Simply Cups

From Monday 14 January disposable cups can be fully recycled on both the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses.

As part of the University’s waste and recycling strategy, a number of Simply Cup bins are being introduced on campus, where unwanted cups can be sustainably disposed of.

Although the University Keep Cup campaign has been hugely popular, it is recognised that sometimes, customers find themselves buying a hot drink in a disposable cup.

The bins will have three separate areas for lids, fluids and the cup itself, which is important to avoid contamination. This initiative, which will initially be introduced over a 2 year trial period, forms another part of the University’s work to reduce the amount of general waste we send for incineration and increase the amount we divert away for recycling.

The bins will be located in high footfall areas, including:

  • Cross Keys at St Luke's
  • The ground floor of DH1
  • Peter Chalk Building
  • The cafe area in Queen's Building
  • The cafe area in Amory Building

Simply Cups use the recycled disposable cups to make a range of items including new recyclable cups, stationery, paper, furniture and even flooring. 

University KeepCups

The hugely popular University branded KeepCups are still available from the Eat and Shop outlets on campus. Choose from a range of new colours or clear glass from just £8.99.  

As part of a joint initiative, the University Eat & Shop and Student's Guild outlets have reduced hot drink prices by 25p, so when you use your KeepCup (or other reusable mug) in one of the University or Guild outlets on campus, you will pay the lower price. If you use a disposable cup, it will cost an extra 25p on top. Think of it like the carrier bag fee.

There’s enough plastic in 20 disposable cups and lids to make one KeepCup, and after 15 uses you’ll save energy and resources, as well as waste. Will you #GiveUpYourPaperCup?

Reuseable Water Bottles - Give Me Tap

Give Me Tap reusable water bottles are available to buy from Eat and Shop outlets, encouraging staff and students to fill their bottle from a water or drinks point on campus instead of buying plastic bottles. The purchase of every Give Me Tap bottle contributes to the charity by providing clean drinking water to someone living in Africa for 5 years.

Read more about the University's commitment to reducing plastic waste in the UoE Single Use Plastic Strategy 2018.

Retail and Catering Environmental Commitments

The Retail and Catering Team at the University have made the following environmental commitments: