Belfast to Push Plastic-Free Message with Business Water Refill Initiative?
A Belfast councillor has asked for local businesses to get involved in the move to stamp out single use plastic bottles.
Over the last year, we have spent a lot of time highlighting the problems caused by our dependance on plastic. The products and packaging are destroying our oceans and harming our environment. Last month the UK government pledged to do more on the issue, now it seems Belfast officials are following Theresa May’s lead.
Green Party councillor Georgina Milne has asked Belfast council to take the lead and sign up to a scheme, which would help provide free drinking water in the city. She has asked that businesses get involved and allow people, customers and shoppers to refill their water bottles at no cost.
Georgina has asked the council to assess the feasibility of the scheme and reached out to the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce to gauge whether or not local businesses would become involved.
The East Belfast politician cited the fact that 13 billion plastic bottles are used in the UK every year, but only around half of these are recycled. Many end up in landfill and some in our oceans. The harrowing effects of this have been widely reported on and environmental groups are calling on governments around the world to take action.
Milne’s motion will be put to Belfast City Council this evening (Thursday 1st February) before being referred to the People and Communities Committee.
Here at ISL, we work with a large number of local companies on their waste and recycling strategies and are keen to promote principles of zero waste throughout Northern Ireland.
If you would like to get involved in this scheme, or promote responsible recycling and green practices in your company, please get in touch. We offer a free waste audit to all existing and new customers, which can help highlight areas of change and cost savings.