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.
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 by January 2021.
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.