Choose to Re-use for Good
Single-Use plastics and products (SUPPs) are a global threat harming our environment, our health and many vulnerable marine species. Currently only about 11% of plastics are recycled in Canada and public concern is growing about the impact of single-use products, especially plastics. At SFU, this translates to over one million single-use cups and plastic bottles dispose of each year.
SFU is leading 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 SUPPs. In building reusable alternatives infrastructure, Re-use for Good is reducing the quantity of SUPPs where possible across all dining locations.
Phase One (Fall 2019 Semester)
- Adding reusable water bottles for purchase to campus vending machines
- Dining Services will:
- Replace plastic and compostable utensils and stir sticks with metal flatware
- Reduce plastic straws; PLA compostable straws and plastic bendable straws are available upon request at point-of-sale checkout
- Launch the GoGreen reusable container program in Mackenzie Café
- Meeting, Event, and Conference Services (MECS) will:
- Replace plastic water bottles with reusable water jugs
- Replace plastic juice and pop bottles with aluminum cans
- Replace wooden stir sticks with metal spoons
- Replace plastic creamers and milkers with reusable serving jugs
- Other initiatives across the university include:
- Eliminating plastic and paper bags at the SFU Bookstore and Spirit Shops, and introducing $1 reusable canvas bags upon request
- Replacing single-use plastic signage with cardboard signage, and eliminating plastic shrink-wrap at Document Solutions
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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:
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