“We believe everyone should have access to ethical waste disposal,” says Natalie Vasilivetsky, Environmental Sustainability Co-ordinator. “This is an important way for U of G to show its commitment to international environmental goals.”
The Act requires broader public sector institutions, like universities, to divert waste from landfill systems into compostable waste streams.
The U of G has shared on their website here that the UC Food Court is cutting waste from single-use plates and cutlery, with three choices:
- Reduce: choose china plates, beverage tumblers and stainless cutlery when dining in the UC, with used dishes dropped off at one of two sorting stations that are now available
- Reuse: join a $5 “green container” program and have access to reusable containers and cutlery for your whole time at U of G
- Rethink: compostable takeout containers and cutlery are available for $1
To help reduce food waste, there is also a new ‘self-serve weigh and pay’ option so students can match their level of hunger to their portion size. Smaller side dishes are also available in recyclable containers.
Bravo to U of G for embracing these waste reduction efforts!