After our removal of plastic drinking straws from all of our outlets (it actually feels kinda weird going somewhere that gives you a straw now right?) has been pretty well received we’re taking it a step further in Arts Cafe where from Thursday May 31 we’ll be trialling not selling any plastic bottled drinks, only cans. Last year alone across campus we sold 1,136,339 (that’s well over one million) plastic bottles, so we’re talking pretty serious amounts here.

Now we know this could be a little contentious (we can’t be the only ones that like to hang onto a bottle of pop for at least a week) but plastic bottles are a huge source of plastic waste and this will make a sizeable difference to how much we’re creating. At the same time as the bottled drinks disappear we’ll be introducing a free still water dispenser in Arts Cafe where you’ll be able to fill up your water bottles, which we’re hoping should go some way to alleviating the inconvenience.

If all goes well in Arts Cafe (and we’re hoping that it will) then we’re aiming to cut out bottled drinks across the campus. We’d really like to hear what you think about the whole idea – is it a good one? Will it be a huge pain in the bum for you? Is the reduction in plastic waste worthwhile? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Hull Campus Life Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear from you.


  1. How about allowing students to fill up their own bottles (plastic or other) with draft fizzy drinks from the university bars? (Although I realise most reusable drinks bottles aren’t designed for fizzy drinks, so it may need to be reusing an old fizzy drinks bottle)

    Maybe also offer still cordial drinks with water (in a glass or in the customers own bottle) as a low waste alternative.

    • Thanks for the suggestion Dawn – we will certainly pass this on to the powers-that-be, though we’re not sure how practical it might be.

  2. As a volunteer member of the Hornsea Beach Clean team, every Sunday morning throughout the year, we remove all kinds of plastic, but especially plastic bottles (and metal drink cans too, I am afraid) from the local beach, the majority of which have been washed up by the tide from the North Sea. It is sad to see how much plastic and other rubbish is floating out there.
    I therefore welcome this initiative and hope that it can be rolled out across campus.
    As part of a Surfers Against Sewage initiative, we are campaigning with other local groups to make Hornsea Plastic Free. I hope we can pursue a similar aim on campus. Thank You.
    Any students or staff from the University are particularly welcome in Hornsea.

    • Thank you very much for the comment. We are certainly working towards a plastic-free campus, though as I’m sure you’re aware these things can take an age to make happen.

  3. This is a great idea. I am so happy it is happening. I have been refilling my own water bottle for a long time now. Will the water dispenser be with tap water? Will it be filtered?

    • We’re really pleased that you agree that it’s a good idea. For the moment the water dispenser is tap water.


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