Plans for cross-London water fountain network to tackle plastic bottle waste

Plans for cross London water fountain network to tackle plastic bottle waste

Fountains were introduced in London's Borough Market last year

A fleet of new water fountains are coming to London to help cut down on plastic bottle waste.

Specifically, Khan has tasked City Hall officers with urgently reviewing suitable sites and funding models for new water fountains in London, including at Transport for London sites along busy commuter routes and in business and shopping districts.

In addition, an initiative will be rolled out this February and March encouraging businesses to make tap water available to the public.

The mayor wants to see a reduction in the amount of single-use plastic bottles and cups, and has allocated £750,000 in his draft budget over the next three years to cut plastic waste.

Steve Robertson, CEO at Thames Water, which is a partner on the project, adds that the campaign aims to "celebrate the quality of [London's] tap water" and make it "more accessible" to people when they are on the move.

Shirley Rodrigues, the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, said there was an urgent need to "radically reduce our use of plastics in order to protect and preserve our environment".

"We can drive down the millions of plastic bottles that are used once and then end up as landfill or in our waterways, helping to create a better future for our region and planet", he says.

Businesses in areas with a number of food outlets have agreed to take part in a bottle-refill initiative from next month.

The fountains will be installed in the summer, across London, along busy commuter and shopping routes such as Oxford Street.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants to stop sending the city's biodegradable and recyclable waste to landfill by 2026. A DRS was also recommended by Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee in its report on plastic waste released in December past year. Khan has also asked developers to identify suitable locations for water fountains during the planning process in new or redeveloped public spaces.

The Assembly's Budget Committee will look over the plans at a plenary meeting this Thursday (25 January) before the final strategy is published some time in 2018.

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