Bye bye plastic bottles

Bye-bye Plastic Bottles!

A USC policy eliminates the purchase of single-use plastic beverage bottles for all on-campus and off-campus operations and events.

You can help the University community by taking action in your office, in your purchases and while at cafeterias and events on campus.


Get Visual Aids

PowerPoint slides provide a clear overview of the elimination process.

Read the Policy

USC adopted an official plastic bottle elimination policy.

Vendor Checklist

Help your vendors/caterers choose suitable alternatives.

Look Out for Plastics

If you see single-use plastic bottles that don’t belong, let us know.

Make the Transition

Need help developing a transition plan for eliminating plastic bottle use?

Find Hydration Stations

This interactive map can help you to find stations to fill your reusable water bottle on campus.

Helpful Tips

How you can move away from single-use plastic beverage bottles


  • Examine previous purchases.
  • Review anticipated purchases.
  • What is your current single-use plastic beverage bottle inventory?
  • Identify alternative product(s) that can substitute for plastic beverage bottles:
    • Can your current product be replaced with reusable containers?
    • Can your current product be eliminated by switching to communal alternatives (beverage dispensers, hydration stations, five-gallon water dispensers)?

Use Alternatives

  • Individual reusable containers or communal beverage dispensers with reusable cups.
  • If reusables will not work for your situation, products made from more sustainable materials such as aluminum or glass are the next best alternative.
  • Important note: Products in cartons – such as boxed water – have a plastic lining that renders them un-recyclable, which means they go to landfill.

Need Help?

Have a question, comment, or need advice on the plastic elimination policy? We can help.