University of Bath

Leave No Trace

Discover how you can help reduce your environmental impact by taking part in some of the University's recycling and waste management initiatives.

Every year we encourage you to take part in Leave No Trace, a recycling and waste management initiative aiming to minimise the rubbish we send to landfill and reduce our carbon footprint.

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Leave No Trace

Reduce your disposable waste

To reduce the number of disposable containers that are used, we run a Leave No Trace scheme in our eateries.

If you bring your own clean mug or food container in place of a disposable alternative to our eateries, we will stamp your loyalty card and you'll receive a discount of 20p when you buy a hot drink, soft drink or take away meal. When you have collected nine stamps you will be able to claim £2.00 off your next food or drink purchase.

This is so we can reduce the amount of disposable waste we send to landfill.

If you are a first year in catered or part-catered accommodation, you will have a free Keep Cup.

The University has introduced a recycling service dedicated to collecting disposable drink cups, to help reduce the 650,000 disposable cups that are thrown away on campus each year.

Using the Leave No Trace loyalty card

Reduce food waste

To reduce our food waste you can bring a reusable container to lime tree and Fountain Canteen between 2pm - 2.30pm and 8pm - 8.30pm and fill it from the hot food or salad counter for £2.50. If you're a member of staff or a post graduate research student, you can do the same in Claverton Rooms.

Recycle your waste

Each year we run a competition between accommodation flat groups to see who can recycle the most waste.

All you have to do is volunteer your flat to live with zero waste for two weeks. The flat group who recycle the most will win a food hamper. Speak to your accommodation team to get involved.

How to recycle in University accommodation

Reduce your carbon footprint

The Student Switch Off is an international campaign aiming to reduce our carbon footprint and its contribution to climate change.

Every year residences compete against each other to see who can save the most electricity in their accommodation.

There will be two winners, one from campus accommodation and one from the city centre. At the end of each month, semester and academic year the most successful groups will receive prizes including meals and ice cream.

Find out more about Student Switch Off

End of term donation

You will find charity donation banks around campus. Use these to dispose of your unwanted belongings when you leave University accommodation and help to raise money for charities such as the British Heart Foundation and the Children's Society.

This initiative has raised over £1.5 million for the British Heart Foundation thanks to the kind donations of university students across the country. The donated items are sold in the charities' shops.

Donate your unwanted belongings to charity