49,807 and counting: Brock initiative helps reduce plastic water bottle waste

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49,807 and counting: Brock initiative helps reduce plastic water bottle waste

Published on November 28 2013


Brock’s students’ union and administration have partnered on an initiative this fall that has, so far, kept nearly 50,000 plastic water bottles from ending up in landfill.

Earlier this year, the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) purchased eight new water bottle filling stations and Facilities Management purchased one of these units for the University. The stations draw from the school’s municipal water source and use basic filters like the ones already being used in water fountains around campus. Depending on use, filters in these new units are changed approximately twice a year.

The filling stations feature a “green ticker” that tracks usage and displays the number of bottles saved. As of 12:30 p.m. today, these new nine new units have saved 49,807 bottles and counting.

The nine new stations cost about $16,000. BUSU paid for the eight it contributed to the cause using money from its environmental levy, funded by a $1-ancillary fee that students pay per credit to BUSU as part of their tuition. The levy is used to implement projects that improve sustainability and reduce the environmental footprint of both the students’ union and students at Brock.