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UBC Food System Project : food waste management : the hot beverage cup Ching, Vinci; Gazzola, Paul; Juzkow, Karen; Kan, Kenrick; Lin, Tina; Wark, Caroline; Yeung, Eman


This report aims to evaluate the current practices of waste management at UBC and to focus on the reduction of waste. The disposable hot beverage cup is one major component of the 12 tonnes of waste produced at UBC per day, and it is used to represent UBC’s waste problem. Waste management programs like “WasteFree UBC” have been implemented to encourage consumers to reduce the amount of waste produced. A survey was conducted by our group to determine trends associated with the purchase of hot beverages. To measure the sustainability of waste management, measurable ecological, social, and economic indicators have been developed. Based upon the results of our survey and research, we have included recommendations and research alternatives for the future regarding waste management at UBC. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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