- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - In the two years since the University of Vermont decided to ban the sale of plastic disposable water bottles, officials found students chose to consume less healthy bottled drinks, such as soda.

WPTZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ALGXzb) Researchers at UVM’s department of nutrition and food sciences studied the impact of removing bottled water from vending machines and retail stores on the Burlington campus.

They found no change in the amount of plastic entering the campus’ waste stream.

The university installed 75 stations for reusable water bottles mostly located outside dining facilities.

University officials say they’re standing by the ban and plan to offer more lower-calorie options and bring in new soda dispensers. They say they’ll also aggressively promote the reusable water filling stations and increased availability of healthy beverages.

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