Bid for funds to remove single-use plastics

Funding is now available to help remove single-use plastics from offices and workspaces across campus.

Help make your office single-use plastic-free. February 2019

It was announced in November 2018 that we have teamed up with Leeds University Union (LUU) in pledging to become single-use plastic-free by 2023. Single-use plastic items are designed to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.

There has already been a fantastic response to the Single Out: 2023PlasticFree campaign. Cross-departmental working groups have been established, audits of plastic use are underway and activity is being driven by staff at all levels across campus. 

Now, the Sustainability Service is offering individual offices and workspaces the opportunity to apply for up to £200 in funding to help them on their journey towards being single-use plastic-free. 

Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability, said: “We know there are a lot of offices and workspaces around campus that are keen to get on board with the campaign that could use some support with making the switch. We hope that by offering this funding, we can help kick-start this activity.” 

Examples of how the funding could be spent include purchasing glasses or reusable cups to replace single-use plastic alternatives. 

Funding will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis until August 2019. Download the application form from the campaign website and fill in the required details before emailing it to the campaign team

Using current procurement routes would be preferred – support is available for this from the Sustainability Service.

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