TRU initiative challenges students to divert plastic waste

August 27, 2019

A fourth-year economics student at Thompson Rivers University is leading a project to reduce the number of disposable cups and bottles on campus by 20,000 this September. A release explains that the Fill It Forward Challenge involves an app in which participants scan a barcode on their re-useable bottles every time they fill up. Participants in the challenge are entered for prize draws, and each scan of the bar-code donates the equivalent of one cup of water to a charity. “If half the people who participate in our challenge continue to scan their barcodes and continue to use their reusables,” said Canyon Sinclair, “then that’s a number of people who have developed a green habit and are not buying a cup when they go to the coffee shop, or aren’t getting a disposable water bottle.” TRU (BC)