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.