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.
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:
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.
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.
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