USC plastic bottle ban keeps a million bottles out of landfills

The ban on single-use plastic beverage bottles — part of USC’s effort to reach zero waste by 2028 — took effect July 1.

November 17, 2022 Ron Mackovich-Rodriguez

USC Assignment: Earth logo 2022USC’s march toward zero waste by 2028 took a big step July 1, when the university stopped purchasing single-use plastic beverage bottles across its campuses and at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Since that time, the Trojan Family has avoided sending 32 tons of plastic waste to landfill — about a million plastic bottles. Instead, university entities — including Athletics, Auxiliary Services, Procurement, and Cultural Relations and University Events — are using more eco-friendly alternatives like glass and aluminum.