Accessibility statement


A picture of two YORCUPs in peoples hands in front of a graffiti coloured wall

Since January 2019, we have seen a huge decrease in the use of single-use plastics on our campus. As of 23 August 2022;

  • We have saved 1,000,000 single-use plastic cups from landfill (based on reduction of cup purchases)
  • 8,940 people joined the YORCUP scheme
  • We have raised £68,020 from the Latte Levy
  • We have collected 28,000 single-use cups for recycling! 


Buy a YORCUP for £5 from any outlet* on campus & get your first drink for free!
*both YUSU and Commercial Services outlets.


Enjoy your drink, and once finished you can return the YORCUP to any outlet to be washed and stored. Keep your sleeve! 


When buying your next drink, show your sleeve and it will be served in a clean YORCUP. You will also avoid the 20 latte levy charge.

What is it?

The YORCUP scheme was created in January 2019 as a way to help reduce the use of disposable cups across the University campus. The high quality University of York branded YORCUPs are an environmentally friendly option you can use when you're at home, at work, at uni or just out and about. 

YORCUP is part of a joint initiative with Eat at York and YUSU, and combines the convenience of a disposable cup with the environmental benefits of a reusable cup.

How does it work?

You can buy a £5.00 YORCUP from any outlet across campus, and your first hot drink is free. 

Each time you've used your cup, you can return it to any outlet or YORCUP bin to be cleaned so you don't even have to wash it yourself! Keep hold of your YORCUP sleeve and when you next order a hot drink you simply need to show your sleeve and you will get your drink in a clean YORCUP!

You will not only be helping us eliminate single-use plastic, but you'll also be saving money and avoiding the 20p latte levy

Terms and Conditions

The YORCUP scheme has been designed as part of our sustainability plan, where we hope to eliminate the use of single-use plastics on the University campus. Please read the terms and conditions of the YORCUP scheme: Terms and Conditions (PDF , 1,783kb)