REDUCE REUSE REFILL
Disposables are generated in huge quantities on college campuses. Disposable drink cups (coffee cups being the largest quantity) and bottles (bottled water and other beverages), have become an important issue for Campus Recycling Programs.
The UO Zero Waste Program has created a Reduce Reuse Refill campaign that has been used to promote use of refillable mugs and discounts for bringing a refillable mug for on-campus beverages. All new freshman recieve a double walled refillable water bottle that can be used for water or beverages. All new CPFM staff recieve a refillable water bottle as well. Water refill stations have been implemented campus wide and all catered events can order a water service to reduce bottled water at campus events and meetings.
As disposable cups are a landfill item and are not recyclable, promoting use of refillable beverage containers has an immediate benefit with reducing contamination in the recycling collection and reducing waste generation campus wide. With the huge impact of bottled water globally, colleges around the country are also working on promoting refillable water bottles as well.
Below is information on renting the UO Water Refill Stations for UO events. This is popular and event attendees enjoy having access to tap water.