Students at McGill University soon won’t be able to buy bottled water from vending machines as the university rolls out a campus-wide ban.
The step, which falls in line with World Water Day, will eliminate the sale of about 85,000 water bottles each year.
François Miller, director of McGill’s Office of Sustainability, expects the ban will have widespread repercussions.
“The amount of carbon emissions involved in producing these plastic bottles — transporting them to McGill and then the waste that it generates — we felt it was the responsible thing to do,” Miller told CTV Montreal.
Students will still have access to clean, fresh drinking water. McGill is adding 25 new water fountains throughout the school, and reusable bottles will be sold at a campus bookstore.
The ban takes effect on May 1, 2019.
Aside from the ban, the university will work with event organizers to cut down on the number of bottles of water used at on-campus events.
Similar campaigns to eliminate bottled water have popped up at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the University of Guelph.