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Posted by on Sep 28, 2009 in Economy, Education, Health, International, Miscellaneous, Places, Science & Technology, Society | 0 comments

Australian Town Bans Water In Plastic Bottles

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Australian town of Bundanoon has become the first in the world to ban commercially-bottled water. The ban, which is supported by local shopkeepers, means water in plastic bottles can no longer be bought in the town in the Southern Highlands, two hours from Sydney.

Instead, reusable bottles have gone on sale, which can be refilled for free at new drinking fountains (photo above), reports The Independent.

“Bottled water is widely viewed as an environmental menace, because of the energy consumed in producing and transporting it, and because most bottles end up in landfill sites.

Locals marched through the town on Saturday, led by a lone piper, to celebrate the start of the ban. John Dee, a campaign spokesman, said: “While our politicians grapple with the enormity of dealing with climate change, what Bundanoon shows is that at the very local level we can sometimes do things to bring about real and measurable change.

“Shelf space previously reserved for bottled water in the town’s supermarket, off-licence, cafes and newsagent is now occupied by the reusable bottles. Filtered water fountains have been set up in the main street and at the local school; bottles can also be refilled in shops, for a small fee.” More here…