Plans to Ban: Queen’s University on Track to Ban the Bottle

Published On July 19, 2012 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles, School

Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada is on track to ban all bottled water sales across campus by September of 2012, aiming to help create a greener community.

“We’re among the first few universities in Canada to implement a bottled water ban,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager. “It is important that Queen’s takes a lead on this because water is essential to us all and through our initiatives we, along with other academic and municipal institutions, can inspire others to act.”

In preparation for the new policy, the university is enhancing accessibility to municipal drinking water and encouraging students, faculty and staff to use refillable bottles. Roughly 40 percent of the university’s fountains will be replaced with more modern fountains that meet current accessibility standards and include bottle-filling taps.

An average of 98,000 bottles of water are sold on campus annually through retail services and vending machines. The ban aims to reduce the waste associated with plastic bottle use and address social concerns regarding private corporations’ control of drinking water.

Over the next few months, university vendors who previously sold bottled water are making changes to accommodate the new policy. Vending machines that only sell bottled water will either be removed or replaced with different units, and mixed-product machines will be restocked with other traditional products.

In 2010 Principal Daniel Woolf pledged to end sales of bottled water on campus as one way of contributing to a sustainable future.

[via Kingston Herald]

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