Simon Fraser University is leading the change in slowly reducing and eliminating single use plastics across all of its campuses with the launch of Re-use for Good. Currently only about 11% of plastics are recycled in Canada and public concern is growing about the impact of single-use products, especially plastics. Many Canadian municipalities and other levels of government are making efforts to ban these items.
Re-use for Good is an extension of SFU’s zero-waste initiative to reduce and eliminate unnecessary SUPPs products across all campuses. .
Phase One (Fall 2019 Semester)
- Adding reusable water bottles to campus vending machines
- Mapping the location of existing water bottle refill stations and deciding where to strategically locate additional stations on campus.
- Dining Services will:
- Replace plastic and compostable utensils and stir sticks with metal flatware
- Remove plastic straws, unless plastic bendable straws are needed for accessibility
- 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