The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has signed a pledge with Plastic Free Farnham to commit the university to removing single-use plastics from its operations.

Scott Keiller, UCA sustainability manager, said he was very pleased to be able to sign the plastic free pledge and so join the growing list of allies which includes the Maltings, the Lions, Round Table and the Hedgehogs.

When signing the pledge, allies commit to removing at least three single use plastics from day-to-day operations.  

Steve Dickson, the catering operations manager at the university, said: “I am very proud to have been able reduce our use of single use plastics considerably and am continuing to reduce it even further.”

The initiative includes all three campuses across Surrey and Kent and is helping all UCA students to become more aware of their use of plastic and how it can be reduced.  

Plastic Free Farnham is a voluntary group of Farnham residents who, with the support of Farnham Town Council and Rotary Clubs of Farnham, aim to have Farnham accredited as a ‘Plastic Free Town’ as defined by the charity Surfers against Sewage.

Plastic Free Farnham encourage local organisations, clubs, schools and businesses to reduce their reliance on single use plastic and to improve their local environment.   

Surfers Against Sewage currently have over 700 communities in the UK working towards ‘plastic free status’.

Plastic Free Farnham would love to hear from local groups, schools or independant businesses interested in reducing single use plastic and helping Farnham achieve Plastic Free Town status. 

They can be contacted by email at [email protected] and can provide a list of swaps you can make in your business or organisation. If you would like to follow them, they are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.