Refilling water bottles will cut down on waste, say councillors

War on waste: People can refill their water bottles at city council venues

Politicians are ramping up the war on waste by urging people across the Canterbury district to refill plastic water bottles.

Cllr Louise Jones-Roberts

Barton ward councillor Louise Jones-Roberts and council leader Simon Cook will table a motion to Thursday night’s meeting of the full council.

It reads: “This council is committed to working to reduce the use of single-use plastics so far as possible within the district.

“One straightforward way to reduce plastic waste is to encourage more people to refill drinking water bottles.”

Discarded plastic bottles constitute one of the biggest elements of problem litter collected by cleaners and volunteer litter pickers in Canterbury.

Across the world a million plastic bottles are bought every minute with most ending up in landfill or in bodies of water.

Canterbury anti-litter campaigner Sian Pettman said: “This is a great initiative and hopefully we will soon see many more shops and community centres in the district providing facilities to allow people to refill water bottles.”

Fellow cleaner Canterbury campaigner has written for the Canterbury Journal on the importance of educating people to change their attitudes to dropping litter.

Click here to read Prof Norman’s article.

The meeting of the full takes place in the Guildhall at 7pm on Thursday, February 22.

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