published on 1 February 2019 in energy
Universities ban single-use plastic
The university world is also entering the battle against single-use plastic thanks to the memorandum of understanding signed yesterday jointly by Marevivo, the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) and the National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Science (CoNISMa), and finalised by the Undersecretary of State for the Environment, the Hon. Salvatore Micillo, whose responsibilities include protection of the sea and environmental education. The purpose of the Memorandum is to encourage all parties to begin working together to attain a shared goal: raising awareness and educating students on protection of the environment, also by banning single-use plastic in universities.
The first steps that will be taken to eliminate use of plastic in public areas, inside the Departments and Central Offices of the university, will be installation of water dispensers without plastic cups, distribution of personalised water bottles, installation of coffee machines with paper cups and with a ‘no cup delivery’ option, to encourage the use of personal cups. With regard to university refectory services, bids from service providers that commit not to use single-use plastic will be give a higher score.
This is an important opportunity that universities must seize to raise the awareness of young people on issues that in the future will involve them personally.
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