Campaigners called on Cambridge University to cut its ties with Veolia

The “Cambridge Bin Veolia” campaign was seeking to force the termination of the University’s contract with French environmental services company Veolia, which it currently employs on a waste disposal contract. A referendum was held amongst students from 21-24 October to determine if Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) should officially call for a boycott of the firm on behalf of its members. The referendum passed with a majority of 58% to 41%: there were 898 votes yes, 637 votes no, and 21 ballots spoilt. However, while a strong majority was in support, the referendum nevertheless lacked the necessary quorum: only 7.2% of the student body voted, short of the 10% required. Hence voter participation was too low to make the motion automatically become CUSU policy.

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