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Wimbledon College of Arts tackles coffee cup waste

In 2017, we used 499,581 non-recyclable cups at UAL. According to a recent report by the Environmental Audit Committee, we throw away 2.5 billion cups every year in the UK, of which less than 0.25% are recycled. The majority of takeaway cups end up in our landfills as their polyethylene waterproof lining is difficult to recycle. This waste is having a horrendous impact on our environment.

During the summer term, Baxter Storey and Wimbledon will be piloting a scheme to reduce the amount of non-recyclable cups used at the college. Staff and students will receive a 20p discount when purchasing a drink using a reusable cup. There will also be a 25p levy on drinks bought in takeaway cups.

This initiative is a result of a collaboration between Alastair Johns, Head of Retail and Catering for UAL, and Avni Goyal, Arts SU Officer at Wimbledon and 3rd year BA Theatre & Screen: Set Design for Screen student.

If the scheme is a success, Baxter Storey will roll it out across the whole of UAL.