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Ban of single use water bottles to lessen impacts of plastic pollution made by Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium

At Monday night's council meeting, council voted in support of removing the supply of single use water bottles at all Latrobe City Council venues and events in a staged approach, by the end of 2023.

By news@gippsland - 6th September 2022 - Back to News

A 12-month trial banning the use of single use water bottles at the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium has resulted in council reducing the impacts of plastic pollution with over 65,500 plastic water bottles saved from waste.

Council endorsed to investigate partnerships and opportunities to supply refillable bottles as part of the preparation of Councilís Sustainability and Environment Action Plan

Council endorsed to investigate partnerships and opportunities to supply refillable bottles as part of the preparation of council's Sustainability and Environment Action Plan

Living well Latrobe

The trial, initially deferred due to the impacts of COVID, was held at the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium where single use water bottles weren't made available for sale, rather user groups and patrons were able to access communal water drinking fountains and purchase refillable water bottles. Since installation, the communal water drinking fountains have provided 39,306 litres of water.

The Living Well Latrobe, Municipal Public Health and Well Being Plan 2022-2025 is council's commitment to ensure the Latrobe City community is as healthy and safe a place as possible for everyone.

Plastic pollution reduced

To support the Municipal Health and WellBeing Plan 2022-2025 and importantly the community in making healthy and active lifestyle choices, as the operators of sporting and recreation facilities, it is important for council to promote healthy lifestyles, healthy eating and water as the drink of choice.

The trial, while successful in reducing the volume of plastic pollution which harms our health, wildlife and the environment and attracts significant clean-up costs, resulted in an increase in the sale of sports and soft drinks.

Engagement with the Sports Stadium's user groups and patrons found that overall sentiment indicated a preference to see the removal of sugar sweetened drinks in place of water being made available for sale. Following the removal of the sale of bottled water, sports drink sales increased from 2018/19 to 2021/22 by 79% and soft drink sales by 47%.

Reduce and remove the availability

Latrobe Leisure is committed to the implementation of the Victorian government's Healthy Choices Guidelines across all kiosks, with the trial consequently resulting in non-compliance with the guidelines due to the increased sales of sports and soft drinks.

Council endorsed to investigate partnerships and opportunities to supply refillable bottles as part of the preparation of council's Sustainability and Environment Action Plan, and to reduce and remove the availability of some single use plastics in line with proposed new environmental regulations in Victoria.

Pictures from Latrobe City Council Facebook page.


Source: www.gippsland.com

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