Our aim is to reduce the total tonnage of waste and increase recycling rates despite the growth in campus size and student/staff population. We work together to employ the ‘waste hierarchy’ – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover. The School has a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ policy.
View our Waste Action plan for 2020/21.
Head to our Waste and Recycling page for tips on reducing, reusing and recycling at LSE, as well as more information on the different types of waste.
- In 2019/20 LSE catering outlets increased the 10p payment for disposable coffee cups to 25p and discontinued the discount for customers bringing their re-usable cups.
- In 2018/19 reuse of cups reached 40% of all drinks sales, preventing the disposal of 108,589 disposable cups during that period. We achieved this by introducing a 10p payment for disposable coffee cups at our catering outlets, whilst raising our discount for customers bringing their re-usable cups from 10p to 25p.
- LSE catering outlets apply charges on water bottles (10p) and single-use paper cups (25p) to drive behaviour change.
- In 2018/19 LSE cafes offered KeepCups at a 50% discount from their retail price for the whole year (previously only at the start of term).
- LSE Director, Minouche Shafik launched the Plastic Free LSE campaign in 2018. The campaign aimed to minimise single-use plastics across the School and raise awareness about plastic pollution and the role plastics can play in society, providing the theme for engagement initiatives. Our Plastic Impact Report is available online, showcasing the related projects.
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