Plastic Reduction Plan on Campus

Plan submitted to DEQ and pending approval - updates forthcoming

Radford University’s Single-Use Plastics and Polystyrene Elimination Timeline

Draft Submission: Pending approval from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Bags:

  • Shopping Bags and Small Storage or Sandwich Bags – Requested extension to December 2021 to use existing inventory and to ensure necessary quantity of alternative products. Will transition soon if possible. Alternative products may include paper bags, reusable bags, and no bags.
  • Trash Can Liners – Phase Out by December 2025 (Will be requesting a Public Health extension)

Straws:

  • Dalton and New River Grille House: Requested extension to December 2021 to use existing inventory and to receive ensure receipt of necessary quantity of alternative products. Will transition sooner if possible. Alternative products may include compostable or paper straws upon request.
  • National Brands and Franchises: Requested extension to July 2022 to use existing inventory and to receive ensure receipt of necessary quantity of alternative products. Will transition sooner if possible. Alternative products may include compostable or paper straws upon request.

Single Use Plastic Bottled Water:

  • Requested extension for bottled water in single use plastic water bottles until August 2021. Alternatives include bottled water in aluminum cans and refilling a reusable botte.
  • All single use plastic bottles by 2025, with very limited potential exemptions or extensions for lines not able to be offered in aluminum cans or alternative means (e.g., fountain or other refill options, glass, boxes, etc.).

Food Service Items (silverware, cups, etc.):

  • Dalton and New River Grille House: Requested extension to December 2021 to use existing inventory and to ensure necessary quantity of alternative products. Alternatives may include compostable, paper, and reusable food service items.
  • National Brands and Franchises: Requested extension to July 2022 to use existing inventory and to receive ensure receipt of necessary quantity of alternative products. Will transition sooner if possible. Alternative products may include may include compostable, paper, and reusable food service items.

Other Single Use Plastics and Polystyrene (balloons, glitter, coffee pods, packing material, etc.):

  • Other single use plastics and polystyrene by 2025 on a phase-out timeline, which includes percentage benchmarks each year.
  • Radford University is working to support the adoption of better alternatives to single-use plastics and, wherever possible, replacing single-use items with durable reusables, which are the best alternatives to single-use items.

Starting during the Fall 2021 Semester:

  • Along with free options from the tap, water fountains, and refill stations, single-use water for sale will be available in aluminum cans at Radford University, starting August 2021. Radford University collaborated with Pepsi to facilitate this transition. Plans for reducing other single-use plastic bottles will be implemented during the phase out period, 2021 – 2025.
  • Plastic shopping bags will not be purchased after July 21, 2021. Existing inventory of plastic bags will be distributed (to prevent waste) and then alternatives will be deployed.  
  • Compostable or reusable food service items will replace single-use plastic and polystyrene items in Dalton and New River Grille House. The transition away from single-use plastics will likely take longer with franchises and national brands.

All of these transitions to alternative products will depend on their availability. Due to COVID-19 disruptions and increased demand, delivery of some alternative products may be delayed and/or intermittent.