Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Karen Talentino
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kristyn Achilich
Director and Instructor
Center for the Environment; Education
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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?:
Yes

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

In 2013, Saint Michael's banned plastic water bottles from campus. A few are still made available through our retail outlet on campus, Einstein's, but are not used in the dining services, vending machines, catering or offices.
Since then, we have continued to reduce our use of single-use disposable plastics. At Saint Michael's, we currently do not have on campus:
*styrofoam products
*plastic food containers, serviceware, utensils (use compostable instead)
*plastic straws

We are using up our existing supply of plastic bags in the Campus Store (from 2013 inventory); we currently ask every patron 1) if they need a bag and 2)if they would like a recycled plastic reusable bag, before we offer them the remaining plastic bags.

As of July 1, 2021, Vermont Law Act 148 will require the elimination of all single-use disposable plastics - bags, containers, utensils, etc. from use.


Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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As of July 1, 2021, Vermont Law Act 148 will require the elimination of all single-use disposable plastics - bags, containers, utensils, etc. from use.
Saint Michael's has already eliminated plastic straws, plastic dinner and serviceware and utensils, plastic water bottles and styrofoam products. When our current supply of plastic bags (campus store) is gone, we will use recycled plastic bags and reusable cloth bags (which are available now).

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