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Sussex signs up to UK’s only cup recycling scheme

A Simply Cup recycling bin

In order to improve recycling rates at the University, SussexFood and the Estates team have signed up to the only paper cup recycling scheme in the UK.

From 20 October, you are invited to dispose of your hot beverage cups in the special ‘Simply Cups’ recycling bins at Eat Central, Arts Piazza and the Jubilee Café.

SussexFood’s Contract Director Amy Smith said: “This new partnership with Simply Cups is something we’ve been working on for some time. It’s exciting to finally see things come to fruition and make a big push for reducing waste here on the Sussex campus.”

SussexFood are also tackling cup waste by selling reusable Mugs for Life at their campus outlets. If you use a Mug for Life or your own cup to buy a hot drink at SussexFood outlets, you're entitled to a 10p discount.

Why are paper cups so hard to recycle?

Over 3 billion paper cups are used each year in the UK. Most are coated inside with a waterproof plastic film. Recycling plants struggle to separate this from the cardboard and instead have to send the cups to landfill or incinerators.

The new recycling scheme involves sending discarded cups to specialist fibre recovery facilities in the UK where the plastic film is removed and recycled, and the paper gets turned into reprocessed fibre. The fibre is then used for packaging or turned into functional new products such as decking or outdoor furniture.

How do you recycle your cup?

Simply Cups bins are located in Eat Central, Jubilee Café and Arts Piazza.

To use the bins:

  • remove your coffee cup lid and place it into the mixed recycling bin
  • pour any leftover liquid into the designated hole in the middle of the Simply Cups bin
  • place your cup in the designated compartment of the Simply Cups bin 

Go Greener at Sussex

The University of Sussex has begun an ambitious journey to become one of the greenest universities in the UK and is working towards cutting its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020.

The University, which is home to some of the world’s leading sustainability academics, is engaged in a multi-million pound programme which has already seen more than 3,000 solar panels fitted on 29 buildings - the largest solar project in the UK higher education sector.

Go Greener will also involve the replacement of 27,000 light bulbs with more efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems, and the installation of smart metering across the campus.

Over the next three years the University will be looking to replace current energy systems with more sustainable alternatives, with the aim of becoming one of the most energy-efficient universities in the UK within the next ten years.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 20 October 2017


Are there plans to roll these out to other cafes across campus? 

From Serena Mitchell on 20 October 2017
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