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Press Statement

13th November 2018


UCD Students’ Union is empowering students to go green when making purchases in the Student Union shops across campus.

UCD Students’ Union shops have brought in new green measures this year to make it easier than ever to reduce your use of single-use plastics on a daily basis in UCD.

The SU shops are now selling coffee in reusable cups at the low price of €1.30 to encourage students to move away from single use cups. The SU shops sell on average 12,500 cups of coffee per week. Last year, 550 of these cups per week were sold in reusable cups. Last week alone we sold 2,500 coffees in reusable cups. In this term we have sold 500 reusable coffee cups on campus.

UCDSU shops salad pots were made from single use plastic last year but are now fully compostable this year. We have sold over 800 salad pots per week this term, all of which will now be compostable.

Single-use plastic bin liners have been replaced where possible with fully compostable bin bags.

Barry Murphy Students’ Union President said;

‘UCD Students’ Union commercial services has made a conscious effort in the last number of months to reduce the number of single-use plastics we use in our operations. These changes include removing our single-use plastic tubs, for our salads and for our lasagna dishes. We also got rid of our single use plastic bin bags where possible and replaced them with a compostable alternative.

We have significantly reduced the number of students using single-use cups and on top that our Insomnia cups are now completely compostable. In the last year we have seen over 2500 students purchase reusable cups with us. We offer a significant discount on coffee bought in reusable cups. It is just €1.30 which is among the cheapest Insomnia coffee in UCD and in the country.

Our aim is to get more and more students using reusable cups long term, so we can continue to reduce the waste going into landfills from the 350,000 cups of coffee we sell per year. We would encourage all students to make the best use of the new environmentally friendly provisions available to them.’