Instead of providing plastic cutlery for when people buy food to-go for example from the piazza, we should have a university-wide system where you can take take cutlery when you've bought food and don't want to eat it there and be able to deposit the cutlery somewhere after use to be washed, instead of providing plastic cutlery. For example, there could be a cutlery-deposit point outside the library cafe.
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There's also a small pocket knife-spoon-fork sold in the Shop
The best way to ensure that students did not take advantage of the cuttlery deposit scheme you propose would be to require them to pay a cash deposit on the silverware upfront (which they'd get back after returning the spoon, knife or folk to a cuttlery-deposit point), but that would be confusing and costly to organise. It would be easier and more viable for the Union to simply encourage students to reuse the plastic cuttlery they are already forking out 20p for at venues such as the Library Café (pardon the pun) e.g. by offering a 20p discount to those students who provide their own spoon or folk, similar to how students who bring their own cup get an extra stamp on their hot-drinks loyalty card.