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If you become thirsty while on the University of Vermont campus, don’t bother looking for bottled water. This year, the school will become the first campus in the U.S. to completely restrict the sale of bottled water in vending machines and any food establishments. The university will spend the next year installing “filling stations” for reusable water bottles around campus, and by January 2013, the school will be completely single-use water bottle free.
The move comes as part of a healthy campus initiative that also mandates one-third of all drinks sold on campus be “healthy options,” like juice and tea, and no beverage offering can contain high fructose corn syrup. The university has been in contract with Coca-Cola of Northern New England for the last 10 years, which provided more than 1.1 million bottles of soda and water to the campus’ 57 vending machines, retail outlets and dining halls every year. That contract expires in May 2012, and the university will not renew it
“We have already invested in our municipal drinking water and we have clean, safe water. We don’t need to be drinking out of single-use bottles that are just going to get thrown away,” Thompson says.
“The fact that they have banned bottled water but are also saying that vending machines must be stocked with healthy beverages makes no sense. Bottled water has to be the healthiest thing you can put in a vending machine,” says Hogan. He adds that it also restricts the choices of campus visitors and interested students.
“They have eliminated a choice, and when you eliminate a choice, some people are inevitably going to see that as restrictive,” he says. “It’s an area of concern, because there are some people for whom bottled water is a very important choice. They may be immune compromised or diabetic and for medical reasons they will need to have a reliably consistent and safe beverage, and bottled water is specifically chosen for those reasons.”
"Tap water is fine to drink,” he says. “But our argument is that the school is eliminating the healthiest choice in any packaged beverage. It’s unfair that they are making the choice for anyone who comes on campus: No one will have access to bottled water.”
Here's my opinion: While eliminating a small amount of waste by not allowing the sale of bottled water on campus, they are missing one important factor. Each one of the "reusable" bottles will have to be washed.
And don't tell me a college kid would ever lrt their juice bottle get that bad, I have seen some very nasty dorm rooms.