Going green: University of Limerick plans ban on takeaway cups

Jess Casey


Jess Casey

'This situation is unsustainable': UL president Dr Desmond Fitzgerald

'This situation is unsustainable': UL president Dr Desmond Fitzgerald

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick is taking steps to remove takeaway cups from its campus as part of a new environmentally friendly initiative.

Each week, millions of takeaway cups are disposed of in landfill sites as most contain materials that are neither recyclable or compostable, according to UL president Dr Desmond Fitzgerald.

“This situation is unsustainable and while every individual must take responsibility for our environment, we, as a public institution, must also do our part,” Dr Fitzgerald said.

Some food outlets in UL already serve hot beverages in compostable cups, he added. 

“A most welcome development; However, a bring your own cup (BYOC) initiative would go a step further towards environmental sustainability and waste reduction.”

“The food and beverage suppliers on campus are now actively engaged in developing a BYOC system, which would result in lower costs for the consumer and the environment. 

“UL is fortunate to be located on a beautiful campus and this initiative, along with others, will help to protect that campus and the wider environment for the generations of students to come.”

The move towards reducing takeaway cups follows recent environmental initiatives from the University of Limerick Students’ Union.

ULSU recently installed water filling stations in a effort to help students cut down on plastic bottles.

Earlier this month, ULSU launched a food and textile pantry for students who are struggling financially.