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.
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.
Reduce your disposable waste
You can recycle oral hygiene products and snack packaging in our grey recycling containers at these locations:
- East Accommodation Centre
- West Accommodation Centre
- 2 South reception
- Virgil Building reception, in the city
- John Wood reception, in the city
Leave No Trace loyalty card
To reduce the number of disposable containers that are used, we run a Leave No Trace loyalty card scheme in our outlets, as well as charging 10p for takeaway coffee cups to encourage reusable alternatives.
If you bring your own clean mug or food container in place of a disposable alternative to our outlets, 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 off your next food or drink purchase.
This is so we can reduce the amount of disposable waste we send to landfill.
You can buy a Leave No Trace container from our outlets for £6.50.
To make it easier to use a reusable coffee cup, The Exchange cup scheme allows you to buy a travel coffee cup for £2, which can then be swapped for a clean cup whenever you need one. You can also switch your Exchange cup for a token when you don't want to carry a cup, meaning you can pick up a clean reusable cup at your next visit. As our Exchange cups come complete with lids, you can also take them into the Library.
Reduce food waste
To reduce our food waste, we run a ‘munch box’ offer at selected outlets, where you can purchase food which would otherwise be disposed of at a discounted price.
You can bring a reusable container to our outlets at the times listed below, and fill it with leftover food for £2.75:
• lime tree hot counter - 2pm to 2.15pm and 8pm to 8.15pm • lime tree pizza counter - 9pm to 9.15pm • lime tree deli - 8pm to 8.15pm • Fountain Canteen hot food counter - 2.30pm to 2.45pm • Claverton Rooms - 2.15pm to 2.30pm (if you're a member of staff or a postgraduate research student)
Please note that the food available under the munch box offer will vary each day, as the offer only applies to food which cannot be re-used in future dishes.
Any sandwiches with a short use by date left in lime tree are discounted by 50%, to help reduce the amount thrown away.
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.
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.
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.