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The ban aims to reduce plastic water bottle waste and address social concerns
After the Queen’s University Principal’s 2010 pledge to end all bottled water sales on its campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the university is on track to enforce the ban in September, according to the Kingston Herald.
The aim of the ban is to create a greener campus community by reducing plastic water bottle waste as well as address social concerns regarding private corporations' control of drinking water.
Queen’s is among the first Canadian universities to push for such a ban, according to Aaron Ball, the university’s sustainability manager.
In preparation for the new policy, Queen’s University is enhancing accessibility to municipal drinking water and encouraging students, faculty and staff to use refillable bottles. Roughly 40% of the university’s fountains will be replaced with more modern fountains that meet current accessibility standards and include bottle-filling taps.
The new fountains will also have an awareness device called a Green Ticker that tracks the number of liters poured and displays a running total of plastic bottles saved from landfills. Currently, an average of 98,000 bottles of water are sold on campus annually through both retail services and vending machines.
More information about this initiative and about the Climate Action Plan is available on Queen's sustainability website.
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