Waste, especially plastics, seems to be the hot topic of 2018! Zero Waste Scotland aim for a maximum of 5% waste to landfill by 2025 and the EU have stated a complete phase out of single-use plastics by 2021. Across St Andrews we too are aiming for big changes.

With Penzance being the first to be awarded “Plastic Free Communities” status by Surfers Against Sewage and so many starting to follow, don’t you think St Andrews should aim for that too?

Currently, we are embarking on a collaborative effort to tackle single-use plastics, encourage zero waste living and promote beach cleans, to name a few. The campaign, called St Andrews Against Single-Use Plastics (STAASUP), is just picking up momentum so watch this space!


Projects that are currently underway with zero waste include…


StAndRe-Use collects and redistributes pre-owned items with St Andrews. We run drop-offs at various points on campus throughout the year and redistribute these items for free at The Big Giveaway in Freshers’ week and ‘The Slightly Smaller Giveaway’ in 2nd Semester Refreshers.

We are happy to collect:

  • all kitchenware items (pans, glassware, cutlery, crockery).
  • smaller household goods (mirrors, storage boxes, coathangers)
  • small working electrical items (blenders, hairdryers, kettles)
  • stationery (ringbinders, holepunches, staplers, working pens, paper)
  • Books and Media (CDS, DVDS, games)
  • Miscelleanous goods (in the past these have included tents, a kayak paddle, champagne coolers, bicycle pumps and the two cuties below).

Major collections occur at the end of the academic year in Halls of Residences. If you would like to donate an item before that date, try our St AndReUse Facebook Page or email us at transition@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Want to help reuse in St Andrews? We are always looking for volunteers to assist with the end of term collections, social media and generally encouraging re-use.

CookSMARTER: Love Food, Hate Waste

Being smarter in the way we buy, prepare and cook our food can save you lots of money as well as reduce your carbon footprint. Linked with our Skillshare scheme, we demonstrate simple cooking skills alongside showing you how to reduce food waste and costs.

Email us or check out the Skillshare facebook to attend an event to learn how to cook using less energy, source low carbon ingredients, re-think left overs and develop efficient weekly meal plans.

Zero Waste St Andrews

We run a range of initiatives to raise awareness of ways to reduce waste in St Andrews. Join us for monthly beach cleans, crafts and furniture upcycling (linked with our Skillshare scheme), or help us reduce use of disposable cups by promoting KeepCups. Joining the Zero Waste St Andrews facebook is the best way to keep up to date on events.