Canary Wharf Group has got to work on the UK’s plastic problem with the installation of trackable water refill stations, the first of their kind in the UK.
The first station is already in action in Canada Place in London, with the second set to arrive in Cabot Place by the end of this week.
The remaining five will be installed from the beginning of September in Jubille Place, Churchill Place and Crossrail Place in the capital.
The move is part of Canary Wharf Group’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the latest initiative in its #BreakingThePlasticHabit campaign, which last week saw the estate set to become the world’s first plastic-free commercial community, an initiative from Surfers Against Sewage.
The refill stations are part of a new breed of hygienic fountains supplied by British firm MIW Water Cooler Experts, which earlier this year helped establish the London Drinking Fountain Fund as part of the #OneLess movement.
MIW was also behind the drinking fountains installed in Borough Market, London Zoo, Wimbledon Tennis Club and Heathrow Airport.
The initiative aims to combat statistics which show that only around half of the 38.5 million plastic bottles bought in the UK every day are recycled, while 16 million are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment.
Mike Winter, managing director of MIW Water Cooler Experts said: “Responsible organisations like Canary Wharf Group are showing that where there’s a will there’s a way to tackle the scourge of plastic bottles. The solution is as simple as it was in Victorian times, when you’d find a drinking fountain on every street corner. The difference now is that the latest models of outdoor fountains are tougher, safer and more accessible than ever before.
He added: “This will be the first time fountains which can track usage are installed in UK shopping malls, so it will be exciting to see how many single use water bottles we are able to replace with refills.”
Find out more on the industry’s issue with plastic in the Editor’s Welcome of this month’s magazine which can be read online here; as Andrew Seymour discusses ‘the real solution to the very plastic problem’: