Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 92.73
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Université de Sherbrooke
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Chantal Couture
Director General
Building Services
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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:

SINGLE-USE WATER BOTTLES

Since 2011, across its campuses, the Université de Sherbrooke has eliminated single-use water bottles from vending machines and stands. It was estimated that 40,000 bottles were not produced, filled or transported each year. In order to promote access to good quality water for all, the University has upgraded all its water fountains, ensuring that water is available and nearby for all campus users.

FOOD SERVICE WARE, CONTAINERS, UTENSILS, AND INDIVIDUALLY PACKAGED ITEMS

Since 2008, the University has also permanently eliminated the presence of single-use plastic dishware across its food services. For the university community, there are three alternative approaches:

• The use of reusable dishes in food service locations.
• The use of reusable plastic containers to take their meals out of the cafeteria or snack bar (available at Café CAUS).
• The use of compostable dishes if the above solutions are not available. Plates, glasses (cold and hot drinks), cutlery, containers provided to customers (e.g., containers for meals to go, utensils, napkins, and paper towels) are 100% compostable. This material goes to the compost treatment facility on campus where more than half a million dishware items are diverted from landfills annually.

All cafeterias are provided with waste containers with 3 bins, one of which is for composting, to allow users to minimize the impact of their food waste.

CAFÉ CAUS AND CAFETERIAS MANAGEMENT

The food division of the Université de Sherbrooke’s cooperative, called Café CAUS, is in charge of providing food products on the Main Campus while reducing the use of non-reusable/compostable dishware in an eco-friendly manner. For over 10 years, Café CAUS has been committed to eliminating straws and single-use water bottles in all university cafeterias and uses only compostable or reusable dishes to serve its food products.


Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
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