WHY CHOOSE TO REUSE?
UBC Community Leads Change
- In 2018, a student-led petition gathered over 4,000 signatures from the campus community calling for a campus-wide ban on single-use plastics.
- As a long-standing leader in global sustainability, UBC has an opportunity to lead the region in reducing single-use items and to make an impact far beyond our community.
- Single-use coffee cups are a global problem. Canadians toss an estimated 1.5 billion every year, equivalent to more than half a million trees. The plastic lining that makes the cups waterproof also makes them difficult to recycle.
- Disposable cups, lids and sleeves make up almost 50 per cent of street trash-can waste. Plastic waste chokes landfills and devastates oceans.
When was the Zero Waste Food Ware Strategy launched and how has it been affected by the pandemic?
The Strategy became effective January 2020. With the onset of the pandemic, UBC activity on this initiative was paused. As of January 2022, UBC has resumed engagement and has reset the original implementation schedule, making 2022 effectively year one of the Strategy implementation.
Why is the fee 25¢?
Research shows that this amount impacts consumer behaviour. Similar to UBC, the City of Vancouver’s new bylaw requires businesses charge a minimum 25¢ fee as of January 2022.
Where does the money go?
Any profits from UBC Food Services outlets go to supporting students and UBC’s academic mission. Other food-service businesses determine individually how to use the fee; UBC does not collect it.
Learn more about the recycling and sustainability programs and incentives to reduce waste on the UBC Okanagan campus.