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CU London introduces plastic reduction initiative

Fri 3 May 2019, 2:20 pm

A higher education campus for Coventry University (CU London) in Dagenham has stopped use of single-use plastics in a bid to encourage students and staff to be environmentally-friendly.

CU London, which opened at Dagenham’s former Civic Centre in September 2017 after a £4.5 million restoration project, has removed plastic packaging from sale across the campus and replaced items such as takeaway cups with biodegradable and reusable alternatives. 

CU London’s operations manager, Karen Wilton, said “time and effort” had gone into working out a strategy to make the changes considering the impact of every type of item including water bottles and crisp packets.

She added: “There are so many things you take for granted at a site that requires single-use plastic, we have had to really take a step back and identify where we can have the biggest impact. We wanted to take a really proactive approach to this because as a relatively new university site, we need to be at the cutting edge.

“We have built relationships with local businesses to help with our recycling processes and thought very carefully about how to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible.

Andy Ginn, associate pro vice chancellor at CU London, said: “Taking immediate, impactful action rather than just setting distant or modest reduction targets sets a benchmark and is in keeping with CU London as an agile and values-driven organisation

“It has taken a lot of work from a wide range of staff across a number of departments and the attention to detail has been incredible.”

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