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New Policy at UCLA Will Ban All Single-Use Plastic Items

New Policy at UCLA Will Ban All Single-Use Plastic Items

“As a biology major, I’ve studied how critical a healthy ocean is in fighting climate change, in carbon capture, biodiversity and as an ecosystem”

This one of those times when the climate change movement intersects with the nanny state.

Campus Reform reports:

UCLA BANS all single-use plastics

UCLA announced it will ban single-use plastics in order to reduce the university’s impact on the environment.

The new policy will ultimately remove all single-use plastics ranging from cups and cup lids, plastic bags, utensils, bowls, and other “food accessory” items. The goal for UCLA is to have every dine-in or take-out restaurant, dining halls, events, and even departmental meetings move away from plastics completely and begin using locally compostable or reusable alternatives.

“As a biology major, I’ve studied how critical a healthy ocean is in fighting climate change, in carbon capture, biodiversity and as an ecosystem,” said UCLA junior, Sithara Menon, chair of the CALPIRG Students UCLA chapter. “It’s important, as students, that we take what we learn and use it, and I can do that starting here on this campus, helping reduce our plastic addiction.”

The school explains that the vision behind the policy change is to move away from the common plastic water bottle and increase the number of water bottle hydration stations. In addition, the university has already added hundreds of compost bins around campus and in washrooms for disposing paper towels.

“It will be challenging,” Kikei Wong, UCLA’s Zero Waste Coordinator addressed. “There are so many single-use plastics everywhere in our lives that we depend on for convenience, but for the planet, this is the next step that we have to take.”


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So no more Solo Cups at keg parties?

Can’t wait until these dopes demand multiple-use condoms, multiple use “huggies,” candy bags/wrappers. What could go wrong?
The list could be endless.

    bear in reply to bear. | February 29, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    And we shouldn’t forget plastic pens and markers, or frames for glasses, plastic lenses, contact lenses, toothbrushes, combs, brushes of all types, etc., etc..

I don’t understand. If a straw is used in a cup of coffee, and it ends up in the ocean where a turtle tries to eat it and dies, doesn’t that count as a second use? (credit to a comedian whose name I can’t recall)

I bet if someone complained to the Portland City council about single use condoms and syringes that they would mandate multiple use of those items. Hmmmm, do I have time this afternoon to compose a letter to the local rag. 😉

    Wait, I thought you could get two uses out of a condom, as long as you don’t mind turning it inside out. I’m failing to see any downsides to that. /sarc

The person they quoted is a Biology major. I wonder if she is ready to abandon single-use plastic pipet tips, petri dishes, surgical gloves, syringes, and syringe needles.

    MajorWood in reply to OldProf2. | February 29, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    You just took me back to the good old days of grind and bind pharmacology and the invention of the Repetman, which I think warrants a Nobel Prize. Between it and the auto-tare high-resolution digital balance, we increased lab productivity by 50%. I would like to see the look on her bosses face when she demands going back to the days of washable pipettes and dual-port valves.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to OldProf2. | March 1, 2020 at 9:19 am

    “That’s DIFFerent!”

Does this include single-use-plastic medical items such as syringes, catheters, tape, colostomy bags, et.? How many students use such items, like type 1 diabetics would use a syringe?

I assume the students will be washing out all the trash cans and garbage cans all over campus including those in their rooms, common areas including rest rooms, work spaces, etc.

All snack and sandwich size ZipLoc bags will be prohibited from campus — should be interesting seeing the security inspection checkpoints at campus entrances.

“I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.” — Animal House

Plastic addiction. Do these morons have a clue as to how much plastic is in their computers and phones and their lives? I know the answer.

Silly me. I remember when the environmentalist wacko’s banned paper bags at supermarkets and they were replaced by plastic.

Have fun foolish children.