The Engine Shed is going green image

The University of Lincoln Students’ Union takes its environmental corporate responsibilities seriously and wanted to reduce the amount of plastic cup waste that the commercial venue ‘The Engine Shed’ uses.

Cassie Coakley, President of the Students' Union says:

‘We know a lot of students want to make changes to protect the environment and this change is going to be a huge help towards them reducing their plastic waste.’

Following extensive discussions surrounding current environmental concerns and the move away from single-use plastics, SU has decided to ban the use of single-use plastic cups in the Engine Shed. A range of bespoke, reusable cups will instead be available for event-goers to use.

The new reusable cup system will allow event-goers to pay a £2 deposit for their intricately-designed, themed cup to use throughout the night. After they have finished their drink, event-goers may then return the cup to the bar and claim their £2 refundable deposit.

Plans currently dictate that a range of designs will be available throughout the year, including a standard design cup and more limited, bespoke designs.

Over 12.7 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year.  This action therefore seemed like the next necessary step for the SU to take, going some way to reducing this astounding figure.

With these steps taken by the award-winning The Engine Shed, the venue continues to prove itself as industry-leading, being one of the first venues in the country to introduce this measure. It’s hoped other venues will follow suit.

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