Trial ban on single-use water bottles reduces landfill

A 12-month trial banning the use of single-use water bottles at the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium has enabled the Council to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution with over 65,500 plastic water bottles saved from waste.

The trial, initially postponed due to COVID impacts, was held at the indoor regional sports stadium in Gippsland where single-use water bottles were not on sale, but user groups and customers were able to access communal drinking water fountains and buy refillable water bottles. Bottles of water. Since their installation, the communal standpipes have provided 39,306 liters of water.

The Living Well Latrobe, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2022-2025 is Council’s commitment to ensuring that the community of Latrobe City is as healthy and safe a place as possible for everyone.

To support the Municipal Health and Wellness Plan 2022-2025 and, more importantly, the community to make healthy and active lifestyle choices, as operators of sports and recreation facilities, it is important that council promoting healthy lifestyles, healthy food and drinking water. of choice.

The trial, while successfully reducing the volume of plastic pollution that harms our health, wildlife and the environment and results in significant cleanup costs, has led to an increase in the sale of sports and non-alcoholic drinks .

Engagement with user groups and sports stadium patrons revealed that general sentiment indicated a preference for removing sugary drinks instead of making water available for sale. Following the elimination of the sale of bottled water, sales of sports drinks increased by 79% from 2018/19 to 2021/22 and sales of soft drinks by 47%.

Latrobe Leisure has pledged to implement the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices Guidelines across all kiosks, with the trial resulting in non-compliance with the guidelines due to increased sales of sports and non-alcoholic drinks.

At Monday evening’s council meeting, council voted to remove the provision of single-use water bottles at all Latrobe City Council venues and events in a phased approach, by the end of 2023.

The Board agreed to explore partnerships and opportunities to provide refillable bottles as part of the preparation of the Board’s action plan for sustainability and the environment, and to reduce and remove the availability of certain plastics at single use in line with proposed new environmental regulations in Victoria.

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Elna M. Lemons