Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.82
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Holli Fajack
Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Planning and Facilities Management
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Has the institution banned or eliminated the on-site sales and distribution of at least one type of single-use disposable plastic?:

A brief description of the single-use disposable plastics that have been banned or eliminated:

The California State University system has passed a ban on select single-use plastics. The policy outlines the following campus responsibilities:

-Eliminate single-use plastic water bottles by January 1, 2023 or upon contract renewal if existing contract terms prohibit. A 25% reduction in single-use plastic water bottles purchased and supplied will be achieved annually.
-Eliminate plastic straws no later than January 1, 2019.
-Eliminate single-use plastic carryout bags no later than January 1, 2019.
-Eliminate single-use polystyrene (e.g. STYROFOAMâ„¢) food service items no later than January 1, 2021.
-Replace single-use plastic items with materials that are reusable, locally compostable and/or recyclable

CSULB had already phased out all polystyrene food packaging and single-use plastic bags prior to the passage of the systemwide policy. Since the policy was enacted, the campus has eliminated all plastic straws for the general population (straws are available upon request to those with disabilities who require them for drinking).

Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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