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BUSINESSES CHALLENGED TO TAKE UP BOTTLED WATER

Businesses challenged to take up bottled water

Media Release - 8 July 2009

Businesses across the state should follow the NSW Government’s lead and ban bottled water from their offices, Clean Up Australia said today.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said the State Government’s announcement today that it will ban bottled water from all government offices and buildings is a huge step in the right direction.

“The State Government’s ban on bottled water is a huge win for the state’s environment,” Mr Kiernan said.

“Now it’s up to businesses across the state to also take up the challenge.

“We’ve already heard today that the NSW town of Bundanoon is looking at banning bottled water in the town and now the state Government has stepped up to the plate.

“Australian’s thirst for bottled water is driving a dramatic rise in plastic rubbish and adding to greenhouse gas pollution.

“The reality is that people are paying more than $2 for less than a litre of water that would cost them almost nothing from a tap and be just as good for them.

“Australians purchase about 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink bottles a year but only recycle 35 per cent of them. The 76,700 tonnes left behind either goes to landfill or ends up in our environment as rubbish.

“Bottled water has added significantly to a rise in the amount of plastic bottles that are now collected on Clean Up Australia Day, which were now among the five most common types of rubbish found dumped in the environment.

“By turning their backs on bottled water, the government are helping to save both the environment and money.”

For further information contact Alana Mew, 0423 377 567

 

 
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