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Leave No Trace

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

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Leave No Trace

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, bread bags, snack packaging and makeup packaging in our grey recycling containers at these locations:

There are two boxes in each location. Makeup and oral hygiene items can go together in one box and and crisp packets and bread bags in the other.

The Exchange

To make it easier to use a reusable coffee cup, The Exchange cup scheme allows you to buy a travel coffee cup for £3.

Once you've finished using it, clean it thoroughly before giving it back to staff at any of our hospitality outlets, or The Plug and The Tub in the SU.

We are only able to accept empty, clean, dry cups back. If your cup isn't clean enough, staff are not able to take it.

We still make sure that any used cups returned to us are cleaned thoroughly again in our dishwashers.

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 new reusable cup on your next visit.

Our Exchange cups come with lids, so you can take them into the Library.

Cup charges

These are the charges and discounts when buying a hot drink from one of our outlets:

  • drinking in the outlet, using crockery – menu price
  • using an Exchange cup, or any reusable cup – 20p discount

This is to help reduce the amount of disposable takeaway cups we use.

Reducing food waste

Munch Box

Students, staff and visitors can bring their own container to one of the outlets listed below and buy surplus food for just £2.50.

The Munch Box initiative is available at the end of hot counter service until food runs out, at these locations and times:

  • lime tree lunch: Monday to Friday, 2pm
  • lime tree lunch: Sunday, 5pm
  • lime tree dinner: Monday to Friday, 7.30pm
  • Sports Café: Monday to Sunday, 3pm
  • Fountain lunch: Monday to Friday, 2.20pm
  • Parade lunch: Monday to Friday, 2.50pm

Too Good To Go

Download the Too Good To Go mobile app and get leftover food from The Market and Fresh at a discounted price.

Community fridge

Located outside the exit of Fresh, by the Amazon lockers, is our community fridge. Any short-dated food from the Fresh shop is placed in here, as when it is available. The food is free for you to collect, but please only take what you need and will use.

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 voucher to spend in Fresh. Speak to your Student Living team to get involved.

Find out how to recycle in University accommodation.

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.

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 belongings to charity rather than sending them to landfill. Find out what to donate and where.

You can leave food that is in date and non-perishable in the food bank trollies, located on and off campus at the end of the term in December, March and May.