Commercial Services Catering and Hospitality plays a key role in the provision and support of more sustainable choices for our customers. We are constantly striving to incorporate environmental and social considerations when choosing our suppliers, during production and the delivery of our services.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
The majority of our catering outlets are closed. Please see our coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page for the latest information regarding retail on campus.
Buy a YORCUP and reduce single-use plastic on campus. Only £5 from any outlet with a drink included.
If you want to find out more about what we do, you can download our sustainability policy.
We charge 20p per single use coffee cup (just like the 5p plastic bag initiative) in all of our outlets!
From Thursday 2 January 2020, four outlets on campus (Derwent Cafe, Glasshouse, Hub Cafe and Vedge) will no longer offer single-use takeaway cups. For takeaway drinks, you’ll need to provide the barista with your own cup, or you can join the #YORCUP scheme. We would like to hear your thoughts on this trial and if you support us making these changes across campus in the future.
Commercial Services and The Biology Environmental Performance Group (EPG) worked together to cut waste for the University by removing black plastic coffee cup lids in campus vending machines. The group had noticed that the coffee vending machines in Biology produce black plastic lids and unfortunately black plastic can not be recycled. The EPG Group have worked with Jon Greenwood (Commercial Services) and Darren Carter from Upton Group Ltd (our vending machine provider) who have agreed to use a different white lid which can be recycled. To find out more information and the full article, please visit york.ac.uk/biology/news-events/other/epggroupcoffeecups/
Catered accommodation previously offered single use takeaway boxes for students who do not wish to eat in the dining halls and in 2017 we gave away over 2,000 polystyrene boxes per week. We still offer this option of takeaway meals, however we ask that students who would like to take their food away bring their own box! We hope that this will hugely reduce our waste and also encourage students to refrain from using single use plastics.
This new initiative will save thousands of wasted single use boxes but still offer the takeaway food option. If you have any questions regarding this scheme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We introduced wooden takeaway cutlery in our outlets to ensure we were not wasting single-use plastic cutlery. In most outlets we offer stainless steel cutlery for people choosing to eat in, however we are aware there are many customers who would prefer to take their food away with them. Therefore, we offer wooden cutlery to accommodate this.
Alongside the Latte Levy scheme, we suggest you bring your own mug when purchasing hot drinks. Not only will you avoid the 20p fee, but you will also receive a 20p discount off your hot drink! This is part of our goal to eliminate the use of single-use plastic on campus. Your mug should be suitable for hot drinks, and the catering staff have the right to refuse service to a customer if they deem the cup unsuitable for hot drinks.
Commercial Services replaced single-use plastic straws with paper straws in 2018. This was part of our sustainable goal to eliminate the use of single-use plastic on campus. We are also strongly encouraging Starbucks and Costa to eliminate plastic straws in favour of paper straws, which they are now working towards. We offer plastic straws for customers who ask for them.
We have joined the #RefillRevolution
All of the University of York water fountains are now registered on the Refill App, including all of the catering outlets, where staff will happily fill your water bottle for you!
"In the UK, less than 30% of people refill their reusable water bottles even though we have some of the best quality tap water in the world. Refill not only makes refilling a reusable water bottle easy, but it saves you money too. Through the campaign we aim to stop millions of single-use plastic bottles at source each year, preventing plastic pollution from entering our rivers and seas. There’s simply no need to buy bottled water."
Find out more by visiting the Refill website