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Sustainable Food and Drink

King’s Food is a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA)

Sustainable Restaurant Association

This sets out a 14 step framework for continual improvement on sourcing, society and the environment. In 2018, we received one star from the SRA, with an overall score of 59%. In 2019, we achieved our second star, with an overall rating of 68%. To read the detailed report provided with our rating, click on the 'Progress' image to the right (to be updated with 2019 report once available).


King's has been awarded Fairtrade University status, by working with KCLSU to promote Fairtrade and ethical trade

Fairtrade University

Progress on our Fairtrade University programme can be found here. 

We hold a Fairtrade and Sustainable Food Steering Group meetings at least once per term, and any student or staff members are welcome and actively encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at We are now working towards the new Fairtrade University award governed by the Fairtrade Foundation and the National Union of Students, and will be audited on our progress in 2020.

We have created a Fairtrade Action Plan to track our progress in raising awareness of Fairtrade at King's. The plan is regularly updated, and can be downloaded here


We're working hard to reduce waste from our catering operations

Reducing Catering Waste

To reduce waste, we also encourage students and staff to use reusable coffee cups and water bottles. Discounts are available for the use of reusable cups, and biodegradable reusable water bottles are now available from King's Food. Water fountains are available throughout campuses, and at King's Food outlets - locations can be found on the maps on the King's Mobile App. King's Food is also committed to tackling food waste through it's 50@50 initiative and is acting to reducing single use plastics in campus restaurants and cafes.

We have launched a Sustainability Project Fund with the money generated from the levy on single-use disposable coffee cups. Details of what the project fund can be spent on is available in the Sustainable Project Fund Guidance and Selection Criteria document.


We have introduced separate food waste collections across the university, which helps our recycling rate as well as keeping the dry-mixed recycling (DMR) clean and dry 

Food Waste Recycling

Through our waste contractor Simply Waste Solutions, we send food waste collected from our catering outlets, halls of residences and office kitchens to an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant. This breaks down the food in special digestion tanks, and produces gas which is burnt in a generator to produce electricity.

See more about Anaerobic Digestion here. 



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