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Single-use coffee cups to cost more at UBC in 2020

Last Updated Nov 25, 2019 at 10:01 am PST

Single-use coffee cups will cost at least an extra 25 cents on UBC campuses in Vancouver come January 2020. (Source: UBC.ca)
Summary

UBC food sellers will be charging a fee for single-use coffee cups starting next year

The move is part of UBC’s Zero Waste Food Ware Strategy aimed at keeping as many single-use plastics out of landfills

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you need a cup of coffee at UBC, come January you may want to bring your own mug.

In the new year, the university will require all retailers on campus charge a fee of at least 25 cents for single-use coffee cups and plastic food ware on its Vancouver campuses.

The move is part of UBC’s Zero Waste Food Ware Strategy aimed at keeping as many single-use plastics out of landfills and the environment as possible.

The number of plastic straws, bags and pieces of plastic cutlery has already been reduced as part of the strategy, introduced in June of this year and developed in consultation with campus food sellers. Plastic straws are still available on request for accessibility purposes.

The school says 1.7 million single-use coffee cups were given out on the UBC Vancouver campus in 2017. Restaurants and cafeterias also gave out 2.3 million pieces of cutlery and nearly 700,000 plastic bags.

It’s expecting a significant reduction in waste after the policy takes effect.