UBC Food Services no longer offers plastic straws and cutlery.

We have eliminated single-use plastic straws and cutlery to reduce waste and protect our planet. By removing plastic straws and cutlery from UBC’s waste streams, we are taking another step on the path to becoming a truly zero waste, sustainable campus community.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Bring your own or request compostable.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Single-use plastics are bad for the environment.

Single-use plastic straws and cutlery will no longer enter the waste stream at UBC each year.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

Our decision to stop offering single-use plastic straws and cutlery was informed by research into the environmental impact of single-use plastics and supported by the following partnerships:

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

A student petition and customer feedback support a reduction in all single-use plastics on campus. Plastic straws and cutlery are the first step of many.

UBC’S STRATEGIC PLAN

UBC’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century, aims to harness the energies and strengths of UBC to affect sustainable and positive change, both locally and globally.

OCEAN WISE PARTNERSHIP

UBC Food Services is a proud Ocean Wise partner. We support its vision for healthy and flourishing ocean by purchasing sustainable seafood and reducing single-use plastics, informed by Plastic Wise.

GREENEST CITY ACTION PLAN

In 2010, the University of British Columbia partnered with the City of Vancouver to advance sustainability and climate action goals through the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

Single-use plastic straws and cutlery pollute the ocean, land, air & animals. They’re made from fossil fuels. Extracting, transporting, burning and disposing of fossil fuels causes serious environmental damage.

Single-use plastics can be recycled, theoretically, but rarely are. Did you know that only 14% of all plastics worldwide are actually recycled? They typically get landfilled or end up in oceans. Plastic straws and cutlery also contaminate UBC’s “closed loop” compost system, meaning that otherwise good compost ends up in landfill.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Bring your own reusable cutlery & straw, or request compostable ones.

BRING YOUR OWN

Invest in a reusable straw from the UBC Bookstore, pack cutlery from home, or buy a reusable travel set.

REQUEST COMPOSTABLE

Forgot your reusable set? If you really need them, paper straws and wood cutlery are available by request.

Customer Feedback

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