The Faculty of law holds many events such as weekly cocktails, wine and cheese gatherings, presentations where food and drink are offered and many other events where plates, utensils and glasses are used.
Members of the committee noticed that disposable items were frequently used at these events; our estimates were that a minimum of 300 disposable paper plates were thrown out every week, with a similar high amount of plastic cups disposed of weekly.
Each school year, there are about 5,000 such items disposed of by the law community. Our aim with a dish rental service is to reduce and eliminate the use of disposable dishware which, once disposed of and buried, decomposes and produces methane, a major greenhouse gas. The project therefore consists of a dish rental service. Student groups and others organizing events at the faculty have access to the dishware, which means that no more plastic items are used.
For further information conerning this project, or to get in touch with its members, please contact the krista.houser [at] mcgill.ca (SPF Administration Team).