FREE WA­TER

AS COF­FEE SHOPS JOIN WAR ON PLAS­TIC WASTE

First News - - Front Page - by ed­i­tor-in-chief Nicky Cox

FREE wa­ter re­fill points and foun­tains will be set up in shops, cafes and high streets across the coun­try.

City to Sea is the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind the scheme where passers-by can re­fill their wa­ter bot­tles for free in stores, even if they don’t buy any­thing.

Costa, Star­bucks and Pret are telling staff in their shops to re­fill bot­tles for any­one who asks. Users will be able to use an app on their phone to find out where the near­est re­fill point is, or look for signs in shop win­dows.

Char­ity Keep Bri­tain Tidy says the signs are im­por­tant be­cause seven out of ten peo­ple feel un­com­fort­able ask­ing for free tap wa­ter with­out buy­ing some­thing.

In other “war on plas­tic” news, Net­work Rail says drink­ing foun­tains are go­ing to be put up at train sta­tions so pas­sen­gers can fill up their own bot­tles. They look af­ter 18 of the coun­try’s busiest sta­tions.

Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan has an­nounced plans, too, for up to 20 wa­ter foun­tains to be placed around the cap­i­tal city. Lon­don Zoo and Sel­fridges store have al­ready put in drink­ing foun­tains and ended the sale of sin­gle-use wa­ter bot­tles.

A mas­sive amount of waste is cre­ated by plas­tic drink bot­tles. In the UK 38.5m plas­tic bot­tles are used ev­ery day! Only half of those make it to re­cy­cling, while more than 16m are put into land­fill, burned, or leak into the en­vi­ron­ment and oceans.

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