Pe­ti­tion launched to get drink­ing wa­ter foun­tains in town cen­tre and park

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

A PE­TI­TION has been launched on­line which calls for drink­ing wa­ter foun­tains to be in­stalled in Lough­bor­ough town cen­tre and Queen’s Park.

The cam­paign has been cre­ated by Emma Ward of cam­paign group 38 De­grees Lough­bor­ough, which re­cently asked lo­cal busi­nesses to sign up to a spe­cial pledge to re­duce their plas­tic waste.

Speak­ing on the on­line pe­ti­tion, Emma said: “Sin­gle use plas­tic bottles are be­com­ing a ma­jor me­nace to the en­vi­ron­ment. 7.7 bil­lion plas­tic wa­ter bottles are sold in the UK each year, and although every lo­cal au­thor­ity in the UK now pro­vides house­hold re­cy­cling col­lec­tions, the re­cy­cling rate for plas­tic bottles has plateaued at just un­der 60 per cent.

“Drink­ing wa­ter foun­tains in Lough­bor­ough town cen­tre would mean that res­i­dents and visi­tors could re­fill bottles for free, dras­ti­cally cut­ting down on the num­ber of sin­gle use plas­tic bottles be­ing used.

“A well-de­signed foun­tain could also be­come a fea­ture for the town, like ‘The Sock Man’.”

For more de­tails visit https:// you. 38de­grees. org. uk/ pe­ti­tions/ in­stall-drink­ing-wa­ter-foun­tains-in­lough­bor­ough-town­cen­tre? source= twit­ter- share- but­ton%20via%20@38_de­grees

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