Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.59
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Irvine
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Carrie Metzgar
Sustainability and Planning Analyst
Campus Physical and Environmental Planning
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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:

UC Irvine, along with all other UC Campuses have passed a ban on select single-use plastics. The policy is as follows:

1) Plastic bags in retail and food service establishments were eliminated as of Jan. 1, 2021.

-- UCI banned all plastic bags in retail and food service prior to 2021

2) Single-use plastic dining accessories (e.g., straws, utensils, stirrers) will be eliminated and replaced with local compostable or reusable alternatives by July 1, 2021, with exceptions for accessibility needs.

-- UCI is already in compliance. UCI Dining has only been using reusables and compostables, straws were eliminated in 2019, reusable utensils are provided for in-person dining, compostable utensils provided for to-go dining.

3) Dine-in facilities will provide reusable food service items (e.g., plates, cups, clamshell containers) for food consumed on site by July 1, 2022, and to-go facilities will provide reusable or locally compostable alternatives.

-- UCI is in compliance already for dine-in facilities.

4) Campus food service operations will phase out the purchase, sale and distribution of single-use plastic beverage bottles by Jan. 1, 2023. To support this change, UC locations are encouraged to install water refill stations.

-- UCI is already making great progress towards eliminating single-use plastic beverage bottles. UCI Facilities Management has installed over 90 hydration stations throughout campus. Click here to view a map of locations: https://map.uci.edu/?id=463#!ce/36404?ct/36407.

The single-use plastic ban begins on page 13 of the UC Sustainable Practices Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3100155/SustainablePractices

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

The UCI Procurement webpage about Sustainable Purchasing provides single-use plastics policy resources. These resources contain the Single-Use Plastics Policy Implementation Guide, a list of UCIBuy suggested items, and a Green Events Guide. View webpage here: https://procurement.uci.edu/strategic-initiatives/sustainable-purchasing.php

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