Kingston to install free public water fountains

An image of a drinking fountain with a slogan saying 'New drinking fountains for Kingston'.

Thirsty Kingstonians, look out for new public water fountains, after it was announced they will be popping up across Kingston. 

The new Liberal Democrat administration has announced that the Council will be introducing brand-new water fountains across Kingston in the fight to reduce plastic waste.

It is estimated that as soon as 2050, there could be more plastic in our oceans than fish[1], so Kingston Council has committed to doing its bit to help reduce plastic waste.

Several innovative policies are to be planned to be introduced. These include:

  • Encouraging businesses to introduce ‘plastic-free aisles’ on a trial basis in their Kingston store(s).
  • Providing public drinking fountains.
  • Re-introducing on-street recycling bins (which were removed by the Conservatives).
  • Lobbying for plastic bottle deposit-return schemes.

Cllr Hilary Gander, Lead Member for Environment and Sustainable Transport on Kingston Council, said,

“I am delighted Kingston is committing to play a role in helping to reduce plastic waste. By providing public drinking fountains and re-introducing on-street recycling bins, we will be doing our bit to help reduce and recycle plastic waste, and protect our precious environment.”

Cllr Jon Tolley, Lib Dem Councillor, added,

“Water fountains not only help reduce unnecessary plastic waste, but also provide cleanand readily available drinking water for rough sleepers, cyclists, families, and anyone else. After years of campaigning, I cannot wait!”

[1] The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics, 2016. (https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/the-new-plastics-economy-rethinking-the-future-of-plastics)


 

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