WasteNott — the plastics challenge
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Our targets

You've told us you want to see change, and how you can help us achieve it.

Using your feedback, we've shaped a number of targets that we can all get involved with.


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Reducing hot drink cups

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Reducing plastic bottles

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Reducing straws and cutlery



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In 2017-18, we used:

  • 1.1million hot drink cups
  • 1m+ plastic bottles

Our targets on campus:

  • Reduce hot drink cups by 50% by August 2020
  • Cut plastic bottle waste by 30% by August 2020
  • Remove plastic straws from our catering outlets (unless needed for disability purposes)
  • Explore ways to reduce plastic cutlery usage

To help this happen, we’re:

  • Installing new water fountains on campus
  • Introducing a levy on disposable hot drinks cups (with proceeds reinvested in waste reduction initiatives)
  • Giving a discount if you bring your own cup 
  • Selling reusable hot drink cups at our catering outlets
  • Replacing plastic straws with paper ones (bendy straws available on request)


Sustainability Team

Estate Office
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

email: sustainability@nottingham.ac.uk