We’re taking food waste seriously and doing our best to minimise it in our kitchens using a combination of technology (with our Winnow systems) and good old-fashioned chef knowledge. We’re also running information campaigns in our residencies to encourage responsible consumption.
Food waste is a hefty contributor to climate change; if it were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter in the world. Although the majority of food waste in this country comes from homes, it’s important for us to minimise our waste and to educate our staff and the wider UCL community about the effects of throwing food away.
We are also investigating ways to redistribute food that would otherwise be wasted – watch this space for further information on Too Good to Go on campus.
CLUBZERO is a zero-waste cup deposit scheme operating across the wider King’s Cross area. We’ll be participating across our Bloomsbury campus in our café outlets to let you drink coffee on campus with the ease of a disposable cup, but without wasting anything.
Go to CLUBZERO or search for it in the app store to download the app so you’re ready to take part when you buy your coffee or tea. Then all you need to do it ask to use a reusable cup and show the barista your unique CLUBZERO ID on your phone. Once you’ve finished your drink, return your cup to one of the bright yellow cases in our cafés, where it’ll be returned to be washed, and the cycle continues.
Please make sure you return your cup or you’ll be charged £5.
We’re part of the university’s push to be a single-use plastic free campus by 2024. Single-use plastic is a big problem for people working in food service, but we’re doing our best to reduce it everywhere we can.
To do this we don’t sell plastic water bottles or plastic sachets of sauce. We’re looking at how we reduce our confectionary that comes in plastic and how we can operate zero-plastic snacking options across campus. Our pre-packaged sandwiches that comes in ‘wedges’ use completely plastic-free packaging.
In our kitchens we’ve radically reduced the amount of cling-film we use, replacing it with Tupperware boxes and reusing the packaging our food comes in. We’ll be using plastic gloves when they’re necessary.
The efforts of all of us to reduce single-use plastic will have a positive effect – less items will be produced and as a consequence less items will be wasted, meaning less carbon put into the atmosphere producing them and less carbon produced from their incineration.