Levi Hildebrand wants to make a point about the unsustainability of paper cups on the University of Victoria campus. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Victoria students want an end to paper cups on campus

A petition to the University of Victoria is at 500 signatures

A petition to no longer have paper cups at the University of Victoria campus has gained more than 500 signatures in just one week.

Started by UVic student Levi Hildebrand, it asks the school to introduce a cup-share program, use mugs in campus cafes, or sell cheap travel mugs.

“At UVic, over 3,000 paper coffee cups are thrown out every day. That is the equivalent of one average-sized tree here on Vancouver Island,” the Change.org petition reads. “The paper cups sold on campus are compostable and recyclable, but due to a lack of education and clear signage, most of these cups end up in the garbage.”

To give people a sense of how bad they feel the situation is, Hildebrand and other dumped 3,000 paper cups on his head – and captured it all on video.

No comment so far from school officials.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich looks to help restaurants increase capacity with outdoor seating

District working to ensure restaurants can make the most of summer weather, mayor says

Colwood art centre shuts its doors indefinitely

Board members look for new location when feasible, continue online

Saanich farm stands can stay open

Council amending bylaw to allow for temporary use permits

Greater Victoria’s first BC Cannabis Store could open at Saanich shopping centre

Store application for Uptown Shopping Centre headed for public hearing

B.C. records no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in weeks

Good news comes despite 11 new test-positive cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours

Tahsis opens its gates to visitors to save local economy

Seasonal local businesses that rely on tourism hope to survive despite drop in tourist numbers

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Fraser Valley driver featured on ‘Highway Thru Hell’ TV show dies

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

Island city cancels plan for homeless camp; exploring alternative option

The plan heard strong objection from neighbouring residents and businesses

B.C. visitor centres get help with COVID-19 prevention measures

Destination B.C. gearing up for local, in-province tourism

36 soldiers test positive for COVID-19 after working in Ontario, Quebec care homes

Nearly 1,700 military members are working in long-term care homes overwhelmed by COVID-19

Most Read