Sustainability

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.

YORCUP

Buy a YORCUP and reduce single-use plastic on campus. Only £5 from any outlet with a drink included.

Sustainability Policy

If you want to find out more about what we do, you can download our sustainability policy.

Latte Levy

We charge 20p per single use coffee cup (just like the 5p plastic bag initiative) in all of our outlets!

What you can do? 

  • Bringing your own mug whenever you're purchasing a hot drink! You can also buy a YORCUP from University catering outlets for just £5.
  • Bringing your own food containers if you want to take food away with you - you can purchase reusable food containers from Nisa.
  • Using the correct bins around campus - we have recycling bins in all of our outlets, so make sure you throw your waste into the appropriate section.

What are we doing?

No single-use cups 

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.

Feedback

Coffee cup lids

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/

 

Food Boxes

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 arnaud.rustan@york.ac.uk 

Too Good To Go

As part of our mission to make our operations more sustainable, we've teamed up with Too Good To Go; an app passionate about food waste, aiming to make a difference.

"Each year, over 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away, that’s the weight of 190 Titanics!

This waste is estimated to be worth £17 billion a year.

That's £700 per family per year spent on food that ultimately just ends up in the bin."

Once you download the Too Good To Go app, you can see different restaurants, cafés and shops that have discounted food rates each and every day. You can get a full bag of delicious food for just £2.00.

To find out which outlets are involved in the Too Good To Go scheme, please visit their website or download the app.

Bring Your Own Mug

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.

Paper Straws

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.

Refill

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

Download the Refill App