Great Food at Leeds is proud to announce that The Refectory has been re-credited Gold by Green Tourism for sustainable business operations.

Green Tourism Gold award logo

The Refectory team has done yet another excellent job at retaining its Gold award status and increasing the score from last year. The Refectory received high marks for initiatives around reducing single-use plastic, tackling food waste and sustainable fish swaps.

The Green Tourism Board assessor said: “ It is great to see such a strong commitment to single-use plastic and initiatives such as swapping plastic salad boxes to cardboard, sugar in paper and encouraging the use of reusable cups and containers to staff and students.”

The Green Tourism Board also commended The Refectory for its ‘fantastic 3 Star ‘Food Made Good’ Sustainable Restaurant Association award and for the team’s excellent use of local and seasonal produce’.

Beverley Kenny MBE, Deputy Director of Commercial Services, said “Receiving the Gold Green Tourism Award is a fantastic achievement. It reflects the commitment of the entire team and the hard work they do every day, ensuring the catering service supports the sustainable aims and objectives of the University. We look forward to using the feedback from the Green Tourism report to guide improvements in sustainability across The Refectory”.

Updated: 26 October 2020

We are delighted to announce all GFaL cafes will be accepting re-usable cups again from Monday 2 November. To make our cafes even more sustainable, we’ve also installed specific coffee cup recycling bins in busy locations to make it as easy as possible for you to recycle your cups.

Look out for our coffee cup-shaped recycling bins in the following areas:

  • The Refectory
  • The Edit Room
  • Café Maia at Ziff
  • Loma
  • Café 7

The coffee cup recycling bins are designed to make it as easy as possible for you to recycle your disposable coffee cups, with apertures for the lids, the cup and for any wasted coffee to be poured.

Top of the coffee cup-shaped recycling bins


We understand how important it is to our customers and for Great Food at Leeds to remove single-use plastic from our operations. We will continue to embed a sustainable approach into everything we do, working closely with the University’s Sustainability service.