Lakehead University has banned plastic water bottles from the Orillia campus.
It says single-use bottled water will no longer be available at the school’s cafeteria, kiosk, or vending machines. Students will be encouraged to switch from single-use bottles to reusable ones. The campus recently installed bottle refill stations.
“It’s a positive step in our commitment to enhancing the quality of campus life,” says Principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, “and reducing the negative social and environmental impacts of single-use bottled water.”
The ban comes after a request from the Lakehead University Student Union. “LUSU had a hand in developing this policy because not only do we strongly believe in cutting down on single-use plastics, but also that water is a human right, not a commodity,” said Theresa Vandeburgt, LUSU Vice-President Orillia.