Plastic Water Bottles

USC is eliminating single-use plastic beverage bottles

Replace single-use plastic bottles with metal, glass, or ceramic bottles you can take with you.

Single-use plastics are causing global problems — and plastic water and beverage bottles are major contributors. Every year billions of tons of plastic waste are landfilled, incinerated, or dumped in the ocean, where they leach pollutants into our water, air, soil, and food. Currently in the U.S., less than 8% of all discarded plastics are recycled. We need systemic change to reduce negative environmental and public health impacts.

To help address the crisis, USC is working to eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles from campus. In support of the zero waste goal in Assignment: Earth, we plan to eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles from campus by:

  • Transitioning to beverage container alternatives including glass and aluminum which can be more sustainably sourced than plastic and have increased recyclability
  • Encouraging the use of hydration stations, water coolers/dispensers, and water fountains instead of single-use plastic water bottles

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Use the Toolkit to find resources to help you eliminate plastic water bottles.

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