Choose to Re-use for Good
Over 1 million single-use cups and plastic bottles are disposed of each year at SFU. Currently only around 11% of plastics are recycled in Canada and public concern is quickly growing about the impact of single-use products, especially plastics. SFU is spearheading change with the launch of Re-use for Good.
Re-use for Good is an SFU Zero-Waste initiative to implement and promote reusable alternatives to single-use plastics and disposable products (SUPPs). In building infrastructure for reusable alternatives, Re-use for Good is reducing the quantity of SUPPs where possible across all dining locations.
There are four parts to Re-use for Good
- Improving campus infrastructure for reusables; like increasing water-bottle refill stations and adding more dishwashers;
- Providing the community with more reusable alternatives; like GoGreen take-out boxes, converting to reusable cutlery, rescuing lost water bottles, and offering zero-waste catering and events services;
- Raising awareness about the impacts of single-use plastics and products; through community-based consultation, and engagement events; and ultimately,
- Reducing unnecessary single-use plastics and other disposables on all campuses.
Phase One (Fall 2019 Semester)
During the Fall Semester SFU is launching Re-use for Good by reducing unnecessary plastic utensils and straws, offering re-usable water bottles in vending machines, and introducing the GoGreen container exchange for take-out foods. SFU is also replacing plastic bags at the Bookstore & Spirit Shop with reusable ones and eliminating plastic for single-use signage.
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GoGreen Container Program
GoGreen is a reuseable container program that helps reduce single-use plastics and products at Simon Fraser University. Launching as a pilot in September 2019, the program is an easy way for community members to enjoy take-out food on campus without the waste.
TumblerShare is a student-led mug share program designed to help SFU students and staff reduce the number of disposable coffee cups used on campus.
Meeting, Event and Conference Services (MECS) is striving to make all MECS events waste-free. MECS is eliminating most plastics including cutlery, water bottles, single-package creamers and replacing them with reuseable alternatives.
The Re-use for Good initiative is being coordinated by a taskforce of change-makers comprised of student, faculty and staff who are working together to plan and implement the initiative. This includes:
Everyone needs to be engaged to push positive change. Faculty, staff, students, food service operators and suppliers all need to play an active role within their departments and areas to identify, reduce and eliminate SUPPs at SFU.
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