sustainability - what can i do?

working together for a sustainable future

Everything we do has an impact on the environment around us. However, we can all make a positive difference by making changes, big or small, to our behaviour.

In this page you'll find some quick tips for making small changes and some information about how you can get involved with activities on campus.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the news on climate change and the reports on the action we should be taking. Rather than turning a blind eye to the negativity, I am channeling my energy into positive action and you can do too.

What can you do?

At Leeds Beckett we are working to reduce our waste and have a 'Zero Waste to Landfill' policy.

Sort it out

We are committed to working to reduce our waste and have a 'Zero Waste to Landfill' policy, help us meet this by using the waste sorting bins around campus.

Ditch the takeaway cup

If you're regular at the cafe and have time to sit down to grab a coffee with friends or colleagues then make sure to ask for a mug rather than a disposable cup. If you dont have time to sit back and relax and need to get yours to go, you can purchase a reusable coffee cup from the counter. You'll get your first drink for free and save 20p every time you bring it with you, helping us to reduce waste and saving you money!

Leeds Beckett reusable cups in R.B.Espresso, coffee shop in the Rose Bowl, City Campus

quick tips

  • Drink tap water and use a reusable bottle when you're on the go
  • Try to buy items with less packaging, better still try a zero waste shop like Ecotopia!
  • Use both sides if you have to print documents
  • Use refillable containers to store left overs instead of cling film and tin foil

Your waste won’t go to waste at our Beckett Kitchen, we ensure that 99% is diverted from landfill by working closely with our specialist recycling partners.

We joined 'Too Good to Go'

'Too Good To Go' is an app helping to put surplus food from stores and restaurants to good use. Download the app and look out for our 'Magic Bags' which are available most days from 2pm, you'll get a delicious feast at a reduced rate and help keep food waste down.

Eco-soup kitchen

If you're in the market for some healthy and nutritious vegan fare then be sure to check out Eco-soup. This is a student-led social enterprise responding to the problem of food waste. Based at both campuses, Eco-soup works in partnership with ‘Food Revival” to make use of surplus food to create fantatsic vegan meals on a Pay as You Feel basis.

quick tips

  • Reduce the amount of meat and dairy products you eat
  • Buy organic and local
  • Grow your own
  • Plan your shopping

Meet new people, expand your skillset, and help those in need.

There's lot of ways for colleagues and students to get involved in volunteering, with a range of activities to develop your skills including:

  • Bike maintenance
  • Organising and running events
  • Working with our partners such as Leeds City Council, and the University of Leeds

For more information about volunteering with the sustainability team, visit our volunteering and employment webpage.

Leeds Beckett Students' Union also have a range of opportunities including one off volunteering, micro volunteering, local community volunteering and student led volunteering. For more information contact the Volunteering Office at

Get on your bike!

Cycling is one of the most popular ways to get around Leeds and there is lots of information and facilities available. At Leeds Beckett, we love cycling and want as many students and colleagues as possible to feel the same way.

Did you know you can hire a bike to get around while you're at Leeds Beckett?

Bike hire contracts are for up to three months at a time. If you need the bike for longer you simply renew your contract online via the link we send out to you. The cost is £35 for the first hire period plus £50 deposit.To hire a bike, first you'll need to book an appointment.

Bike Shelter in Headingley Campus

Get in touch with the Sustainability team