Sustainable UCL



7 January 2022

CLUBZERO has come to campus. This returnable cup scheme means that you don’t need to choose between waste and convenience– you borrow a cup and simply drop it in one of the return points on campus when you’re done.

Hand holding a reusable coffee cup with the words 'Club Zero' in front of a green background with flowers

UCL can use over 1 million disposable cups a year, and that’s too many. By implementing CLUBZERO we’re making it easy for you to do the right thing by using reusable over disposable and saving you 25p each time. There’s no washing up, no carrying about, and crucially; no waste.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the CLUBZERO app from the App or Google Play Store
  2. Register your details. You will need to add card details but you will only ever be charged if you do not return your cup.
  3. Ask one of our baristas to make your drink in a CLUBZERO cup: “Please can I have a latte in a CLUBZERO cup”
  4. Enjoy your drink and deposit it in one of the bright yellow drop boxes on campus, or around King’s Cross
  5. CLUBZERO pick up the cups and washes them in their industrial facility to ensure it’s cleaned to government hygiene standards

The service is completely free for you as long as you return your cup within one week – if you don’t, you’ll be charged £5.

CLUBZERO can be found across campus and in the local area. If you’re on campus infrequently make sure you return your cup before you head home – check the map in the app for all sites.

Where you can use CLUBZERO on campus:

  • Wilkins Café
  • Student Centre Cafe
  • Brew Bar, 22 Gordon Street
  • Science Library Café
  • Engineering Café

Launching CLUZBERO is a key milestone on our journey to becoming a single-use plastic free campus by 2024. Keep your eyes peeled for further roll-out across campus on the Food at UCL webpage.