Did you know… 200 million disposable coffee cups are used in Ireland each year. Only 9% of all plastic ever produced has been recycled. France has banned all plastic disposable cups, plates and cutlery.
UCC aims to contribute to this international issue by minimising the use of unnecessary single-use items on campus. From September 2017, UCC staff and students are no longer permitted to take disposable coffee cups into the library. To support the transition, discounts are available at outlets across campus when you bring your reusable mug. Green Campus and the library have given away a limited number of sustainably sourced bamboo coffee cups.
A new waste segregation system has also been rolled out in the library. The “binless” system has seen all small bins removed from every floor, in both the student and staff areas, and two large recycling centres put in place in the ground floor. Students and staff are asked to take their rubbish with them as they leave their desks. If we achieve this, 10,000 plastic bags will be diverted from landfill each year. Please support this great initiative and join us in “ditching the disposables”!
Listen to Pat Mehigan (Green Campus) and Ann Byrne (UCC Library) talk about the #loveourlibrary campaign.