U of G Saying Goodbye to Plastic Straws, Bags

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Something will be “missing” from the University of Guelph starting in the fall.

Hospitality Services will no longer provide plastic straws or single-use plastic bags at its in-house dining and retail operations.

CBC News and Global News reported on the change on Mar. 21.

The change will remove an estimated 155,000 plastic bags and 175,000 plastic straws from landfills every year, said Ed Townsley, executive director of U of G’s Hospitality Services.

“It’s a small but important change with a huge impact,” said Townsley. “Students brought the idea to us, and it was an easy switch to make.”

On-campus franchises like Starbucks and Booster Juice have their own corporate policies and are therefore exempt from the change.