Join our reusable cup scheme and get a free drink

Campus Cups - the UK’s first ever coffee cup return scheme to run on a university campus has been jointly launched by the University and Students’ Union. The scheme will help to reduce the 600,000 disposable cups we throw away every year at the University.

As well as getting 20p off every purchase when you use a reusable Campus Cup, all staff and students who sign up will receive a free hot drink.

What are Campus Cups?

Photo of cupsA Campus Cup combines the ease of buying a hot drink in a disposable cup with the environmental benefits of using a reusable cup. Participants in the programme can check out, use and then return their used cups to any outlet to be cleaned.

1. To join the scheme you put down a £5 refundable deposit.

2. You receive a Campus Cup drink sleeve.

3. You present your sleeve when ordering hot drinks and your drink in a Campus Cup, getting 20p off your purchase for using a reusable mug.

4. Once you've finished your drink you return the used Campus Cup to any outlet. But you keep your Campus Cup sleeve.

5. You can purchase your next hot drink in a clean, reusable Campus Cup by presenting your Campus Cup sleeve once again.

6. To opt out simply return your sleeve and get your £5 back.

Campus cup artHow do I join?

You can join the scheme at the Welcome Desk of the Students’ Union.

You can also find out more information and buy your cup from road shows taking place across campus:

  • Tuesday 17 April 8:45 -10:45am Arts Tower entrance
  • Wednesday 18 April 9 - 10am Business School
  • Wednesday 18 April 2 - 4pm Krebs Café in Firth Court
  • Thursday 19 April 8:45 - 10:45am The Diamond
  • Thursday 19 April 1.30 - 3.30pm 1882 Café, Medical School
  • Friday 20 April 8:45 - 10:45am Jessop West

The scheme is the first of its kind for a University in the UK, and has been implemented thanks to the work of Students' Union Development Officer, Megan McGrath. She said:

"Every year, the UK throws away 2.5 billion coffee cups. Disposable cups take over 25 years to break down in landfills and whilst doing so generate the greenhouse gas methane. They also require regular transportation to reach outlets.

"This scheme helps us and the University reduce our environmental impact, and is another example of our ongoing commitment to Sustainability. So join the scheme and save waste and money!"


Sustainability at the University

We are proud to be a university where sustainability is an integral core value of what we do and is reflected in the knowledge, engagement, collaboration and innovation of our activities.

We are committed to developing the Sustainability conversation to further enhance and embrace a positive, sustainable change for the future both in our University community, our city and in the global-village of which we are stewards.

Find out more about sustainability at the University