We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our business at every stage of our operations, from selecting suppliers through to production and delivery. In January 2019, Commercial Services introduced a 20p charge for single use coffee cups, just like the 5p plastic bag initiative.
Using funds raised by the Latte Levy, York Commercial Services have purchased a number of recycling bins for single-use plastic cups. The bins will be placed around the University of York campus, and students will be able to dispose of single-use plastic cups, lids and leftover liquids. The bins will be emptied by Forge Recycling, and use the plastic cups to produce a range of items including notebooks, pens and other stationary items. Find out more information about the bins.
You may have seen that we recently introduced a recycling station outside the Student Union building. The station includes 8 different sections which encourage students and staff to recycle different materials including; cables, oral care products, pens, clothing, drinks cans, crisp packets, plastic bottles and sweet wrappers! We hope that the new recycling station, and it's visibility will increase awareness of recycling at the University of York.
In July 2019, Minster FM (a York based radio station) launched a campaign asking for donations of tinned food for North Yorkshire’s Food Banks. After seeing the campaign, we donated £1,000 worth of tinned food. The campaign successfully collected more than three tonnes of tinned food, and these will be split between several food banks including York Food Bank, Selby District Food Bank, Ryedale Food Bank and Hambleton Food Share.
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You may have seen that we have giant YORCUP bins around campus so people can put their YORCUP's, liquids and lids in the bins, instead of waiting to hand them back to outlet staff. In total we have purchased seven bins which are located in different outlets across Campus East and Campus West. We hope that the bins make it easier for students and staff to hand cups back, so that the YORCUP scheme can continue to reduce single-use plastic on campus.
As part of our plan to eliminate single-use plastic on campus, we have now joined the #RefillRevolution. Refill is an award-winning campaign designed to help you reduce your plastic waste. We used funds from the Latte Levy to purchase 500 reusable water bottles. We gave away the reusable water bottles for free during freshers, to encourage the use of reusable water bottles instead of buying a single-use plastic bottle. We have also added our catering outlets and water fountains to the Refill app, so you can download the app to find the closest location to refill your water bottles.
Your Café is a café in York which aims to ensure everyone can afford to buy food. They take donations from shops, cafés and restaurants, then sell them at a ‘pay what you want’ price. People from the local community can go and buy fresh fruit and vegetables and choose what they want to pay based on what they can afford. We regularly support YourCafé with donations of equipment and food. In 2019 we donated £200 from the Latte Levy to help them purchase essential kitchen items.
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We began recycling cans at Glasshouse on Campus East, and we used the Latte Levy funds to purchase can crushers so we could continue recycling the cans, and begin doing it on a larger scale. All of the cans are donated to The Snappy Trust, as part of their Foil for Snappy initiative. In 2018 they collected 2926kg and raised £1,906.76! To find out more about the trust and their story, please visit: thesnappytrust.org/foilforsnappy
We've teamed up with the volunteer group, All Should Eat to gather food donations from customers in our Nisa stores.
All Should Eat "work with local food banks to promote and then collect food from campus to then deliver the food to local food banks." You can find out more information about the volunteer group on the YUSU website.
We used funds from the Latte Levy to purchase 2 food donation boxes, one is located in Nisa Market Square, and the other one is located at Nisa Kimberlow. Design and Print solutions designed the boxes for free!
Scoop is a student co-operative providing organic, exploitation-free and locally sourced produce at affordable prices. You can buy produce and order vegetable boxes from their shop at Wentworth W/021 on Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-6pm, and at the Good Food Market. We were able to make a donation of £500 from the Latte Levy, to support their great work on campus. For more information please visit:
Funds from the Latte Levy were used to buy outdoor seating for Vanbrugh College. These seats are all made from recycled plastic and will last 25 years before needing to be replaced. The seats are bright and colourful and we hope it makes sitting out in the sun even more enjoyable! In 2020 we also purchased the same furniture for Alcuin Bistro, all made from recycled plastic again!
To help promote the use of reusable lunch boxes instead of disposable containers, we gave away 250 free sustainable lunch boxes during freshers week. The lunch boxes are made from bamboo and come with a reusable knife and fork. We hope this will encourage students to use their own boxes to take food away from our catering outlets, and decrease the amount of single-use plastic on campus!
We supported the Universtriy of York's cut carbon campaign by giving free cake to people who cycled or got the bus to work! They claimed their piece of cake by showing thier bus ticket or cycle helmet when purchasing a coffee.
After launching the YORCUP scheme, more than 3,330 people joined and over 8,000 cups were put into circulation. Because not all the cups were returned, we needed to buy more cups to expand the scheme. We hope that with encouragement and increasing awareness of the scheme, more staff and students will choose to hand their cups back instead of throwing them away, misplacing them or leaving them at home.
After noticing how many cigarette butts were dropped across our beautiful campus, YUSU used funds from the Latte Levy to purchase a ballot box. Students and staff can discard their cigarette ends into the ballot box, voting on a question of YUSU's choice. These could be questions about campus issues or something fun!
The 20p levy is ring-fenced for YORCUP and other sustainable initiatives carried out by the Commercial Services departments of YUSU's and the University of York.If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Arnaud Rustan, Commercial Services Catering and Hospitality Operations Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org