Kamloops student challenges TRU campus to eliminate 20,000 cups, bottles in September

A Thompson Rivers University student is looking to reduce the number of disposable cups and bottles on campus next month by 20,000. 

Canyon Sinclair hopes to do that with a new contest called the Fill It Forward Challenge. It's simple: students download the Fill It Forward app on their phone, get a Fill It Forward sticker to place on their reusable item and then scan the sticker barcode every time they use that cup or bottle.

"Through this initiative, we can really make an impact and divert a lot of those disposable coffee cups, disposable water bottles from the landfill and that, in turn, will also create green habits with the students, hopefully, where they’ll be continuing to use their reusables," Sinclair tells KamloopsMatters. 

reusable cupA Thompson Rivers University student wants to encourage his peers to bring reusable cups to campus by taking part in a challenge. (via Shutterstock)

The fourth-year economics student is the lead on the project, as part of his summer and fall co-op term with the TRU Sustainability Office. 

Challenge participants will receive daily, weekly and monthly prizes, adds Sinclair. Furthermore, every scan donates the equivalent of one cup of water to a charity through TRU's partnership with Cupanion and that organization's Fill it Forward program.

He says if the project is a success then there might be similar challenges in the future.

"As both a staff member here as well as a student, I think it’s really important that we start to make an impact on our waste streams. Because if we, as a university, can’t lead by example and mitigate waste, then where are we going to see these changes?"

Fill It Forward stickerThe Fill It Forward sticker. (via TRU Newsroom)

Fill it Forward Challenge highlights

If you don't want to be stuck using one cup or bottle and it's more convenient, carry the sticker around with you in your wallet.

Your app is allowed 10 scans a day and one every 30 minutes. 

You can scan more than one sticker.

There are two colour-coded stickers: teal for reusable bottles and navy blue for reusable mugs or cups.

Stickers can be picked up at any water-refill station, TRU's back-to-school barbecue on Sept. 6 and during orientation.

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