Monday, November 1, 2010

Uni weighs bottled water ban

 from The Canberra Times
28 Oct, 2010 09:31 AM

The University of Canberra is considering banning the sale of bottled water, which could be a $100,000 loss for campus retailers.

The move had some of the university's 8000-plus students worried the Bundanoon-style ban to become Australia's first bottled water-free campus may increase the sale of unhealthier soft drinks.

University management has already decided to install cold water bubblers and will now consider the ban suggested by a group of students. The bubblers will allow students to fill up re-usable plastic bottles as opposed to buying fresh ones.

The ban is a continuation of the ACT's war on environmentally unfriendly plastic, with the territory Government expected today to succeed in the Legislative Assembly to ban plastic shopping bags.
Between 50,000 and 60,000 plastic bottles of water are sold at the University of Canberra every year. The University of Canberra Student Association broadly supports the ban but has reservations about some of the details.
For more on this story, including comments that revellers at university festivals should still be able to buy water, and that the move may lead to the sale of more soft drinks, see the print edition of today's Canberra Times.

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