Free water set to cut plastic waste

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An initiative that encourages people to ‘be a refiller, not a landfiller’, cutting out plastic waste caused from buying single-use bottles of water, has tripled in size in the past year.

More than 150 cafes across Melbourne have now joined Yarra Valley Water’s Choose Tap Refiller initiative.

Participating businesses will display “Choose Tap Refiller” stickers on their windows, which lets people know they’re welcome to refill water bottles for free, without having to buy anything.

One cafe owner said he was proud to sign up because Healesville has won best tasting tap water in Australia.

“We live next to the reservoir in Healesville, so knowing that we produce the best drinking water in Australia was pretty fantastic,” said Ben Arnold, owner of My Little Kitchen Cafe & Bar in Healesville.

“We use keep cups for our coffee so why not use refill bottles for our tap water? This program is great and we’re happy to do our bit for the environment.”

Despite having some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, Australians spend more than $730 million on bottled water each year.

Pat McCafferty ,Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, said the Choose Tap Refiller initiative will help people save money.

“Buying a bottle of water is the more convenient option when tap water is not readily on-hand. We’re proud that our Choose Tap Refiller campaign helps to improve access to quality drinking water and promoting it as the most sustainable drink of choice,” McCafferty said.

It is estimated that Australians use about 130 kilograms of plastic per person each year.

McCafferty said The Choose Tap initiative is a simple way to cut down on plastic waste.

“The bottles are often used for only a few minutes but remain in waterways and streets for decades,” he said.

To join the movement, visit: https://www.yvw.com.au/refiller-ct.

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