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4 ways in which Graduation 2019 is the greenest yet

This month’s graduation ceremonies are set to be the greenest yet, thanks to a number of changes by Catering Services to cut down on plastic waste.

New initiatives for Graduation 2019 include:

  • Canapes will be served on Welsh slate, which was recovered from the roof of Park building when it was re-tiled some years ago
  • Sturdy reusable champagne flutes that graduates can take home and keep as a memento
  • A reduction in single use packaging for the flutes and other supplies
  • A dedicated glass collection to ensure bottles are recycled more quickly and easily

The University’s Catering Service is already one of the greenest food outlets in the city, and one of only two in Portsmouth that has been awarded three stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Other University-wide green initiatives have included:

  • Changing plastic cutlery for bamboo cutlery to stop between 10,000 and 15,000 items of single use plastic being thrown away a year
  • A 15p discount on tea, coffee or hot chocolate for staff opting for reuseable mugs and cups at university cafes
  • Replacing single-use plastic milk sachets with glass milk bottles to save nearly 13,000 milk sachets a year

Find out more about the Catering Service’s green credentials here.

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  1. This is great news, but any chance we could do something to recycle the cups from the coffee shops. The council provides a recycling solution for their staff. We must get through thousands every week.

    • Hi Stuart,

      We are currently researching options on this. we are closely monitoring a pilot scheme that Southampton and Bournemouth Universities are involved in, and we hope to make improvements in our area very soon. We do however still encourage staff to bring their own cup/mug for which we offer a discount on the cost of the beverage.

      Thanks
      Catering Services

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