Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.03
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
IN-32: Single-Use Plastic Ban

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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:

Wesleyan has not sold standard bottled water on campus since 2012 in any vending machine or Bon Appetit operation.

Heavy duty plastic bags were eliminated at all campus locations over the course of early/mid-2019 in advance of the state of Connecticut's $0.10 fee on plastic bags and the City of Middletown's 10/1/19 ban on plastic bags. Only Wesleyan's bookstore, Wesleyan RJ Julia, has plastic bags for sale, and this is only until their current supplies run out (they will not purchase more).

Bon Appetit has also ended the distribution of any disposable plastic cups, cutlery, or on-site-prepared containers, using compostable plastics instead (we have collection for these containers).


Website URL where information about the single-use disposable plastic ban(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Wesleyan's campus convenience store, Weshop, has only distributed paper bags for the past few years. In August 2019, all single-use bags were eliminated, and only reusable bags are for sale. Cardinal Tech (campus tech store) now has only paper bags available for a $0.10 fee.

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