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Water Bottle Ban:
“According to Housing, Dining, and Hospitality (HDH), there were approximately 319,900 bottles of water sold at the University of California, San Diego between August of 2009 and August of 2010. An insignificant fraction of these water bottles end up being recycled, leaving many of them contributing to a great portion of the campus’ waste.
The A.S. Office of the President and the Student Sustainability Collective and its allies have jointly launched the Ban the Bottle Campaign to help combat this unsustainable habit by eliminating the sale of disposable water bottles on campus. It is imperative that UC San Diego take an innovative step toward achieving a sustainable campus by banning the sale of disposable water bottles on campus and educating and empowering students to adopt sustainable alternatives. Implementing the Ban the Bottle Campaign will fortify UC San Diego’s leadership in the water sustainability movement.
We call on The University of California, San Diego to ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles by vendors and dining services on campus. Housing, Dining, and Hospitality sells hundreds of thousands of water bottles that contribute greatly to the campus’s waste generation. As one of the leading educational systems in the country, in large part due to its avowed commitment to the field of sustainability, it is vital to remain at the forefront of progressive steps to reduce polluting practices.”
“In 1989, UC San Diego adopted a policy to eliminate the use of Styrofoam and other polystyrene plastic products on campus. (http://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/ppm/docs/520-4.html) The Sustainability Assessment Report for UC San Diego recognizes the university for its outstanding education in sustainability issues and avowed commitment to sustainability goals (including being a zero waste campus by the year 2020 as stated in the UCSD Climate Action Plan); however, many on-campus vendors still use large amounts of polystyrene plastic, which represents a substantial proportion of solid waste generated by our campus and is composed of chemicals that are proven to be harmful to humans and the environment.
Harmful consequences of Styrofoam: The United States produces an average of 1,369 tons of Styrofoam waste everyday, which takes up 25-30% of the United States’ landfills by volume Discarded Styrofoam will not biodegradable for hundreds of years and is resistant to photolysis Many municipal recycling programs do not recycle Styrofoam because it is virtually weightless which makes it worthless as scrap Because it is lightweight, Styrofoam is frequently picked up by wind and enters our water ways; it is a major component of plastic debris in the ocean, where it becomes toxic to marine life Stryfoam products are made with petroleum (crude oil), a non-sustainable and heavily polluting resource Styrene, a component of Styrofoam and a neurotoxin, has detrimental short-term effects such as eye, nose, and throat irritation, and long-term effects such as decreased fertility and lung cancer; long-term exposure to benzene, another component of Styrofoam and a classified carcinogen, can cause bone marrow damage and leukemia.
Vendors that use Styrofoam: -Panda Express -Tapioca Express -Santorini -Bombay Coast -Shogun -Hi Thai -Tacone
We, the undersigned, understand that this is a critical moment to move forward toward sustainable progress and support rethinking the cycle of disposable waste on our campus in order to reduce our environmental impact. We urge University Centers vendors to abide by the Styrofoam elimination policy established in Section 520-4 of the UCSD Policy Manual and switch to readily available sustainable alternatives such as compostable materials. Furthermore, we pledge to refuse to purchase products from vendors that continue to provide polystyrene containers. We firmly believe that our university deserves environmental and social responsibility in the practices of our vendors that reflect our community’s commitment to sustainability. –Associated Students (as.ucsd.edu) and Student Sustainability Collective (studentsustainability.ucsd.edu)”