Bottled water will be banned on the campus of McGill next year

News 25 March, 2018
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    MONTREAL | McGill University has decided to ban bottled water from its two campuses, the city centre of Montreal and the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, starting next year.

    “As from 1 may 2019, bottled water, non-carbonated will no longer be sold in dining locations and vending machines”, announced the establishment of university in the past few days, stressing in particular that it is no longer sold in the dining areas of residences since 2010.

    McGill justifies his decision by explaining that “the water bottles create a huge amount of waste, most of which are not recycled”, that “every litre of bottled water requires three liters of water to produce it”, that “the manufacture and transport of bottled water, emit greenhouse gas emissions” and that “the safe drinking water, clean and free of charge, is a fundamental human right [that] should not be bought or sold like a commodity”.

    In the framework of its sustainable development strategy, the university of montreal will install 25 new water fountains on campus to the city centre and the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Macdonald campus) “near vending machines and in other areas busy”. In addition, “several of the existing fountains will be adjusted in order to make easier the filling of reusable containers”.

    To this end, McGill has announced that the university bookstore will begin to sell in the next few months, many models of refillable bottles at affordable prices to encourage the “McGillois” to make the transition.