Put Waste in its Place

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An initiative to reduce single-use items by encouraging restaurant patrons to bring reusable containers.

School:

UBC

Department:

Land and Food Systems

Course:

LFS 350: Land, Food and Community II

Instructors:

  • Will Valley

City of Vancouver:

  • Paul Gagnon

Student Team:

  • Rachelle Duckworth
  • Selin Oguz
  • Zuzana Sobotkova
  • Kelly Xu
  • Simiao Wei
  • Michelle Yee

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)

City goal area:

  • Zero Waste

Term:

Spring 2018

Summary

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The “Put Waste in its Place: Take-out Containers” project addresses the growing problem of waste creation that inevitably results from the use of single-use items. We wish to emphasize the reduction of waste as the primary step before before reusing and recycling —particularly with containers. Our current work includes a literature review, and proposed sticker system to identify businesses who partake in a reusable-container initiative. The aim of the paper is to determine if there is an existing precedent for creating a program that encourages the patrons of food establishments to bring their own reusable containers for left-over food. In addition, we highlight the barriers and motivators of waste production, as well as the effectiveness of visual reminders.

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