Waste management – refill not landfill!

Waste management - refill not landfill!
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Paul Proctor, Managing Director of EcoPure Waters, urges facilities managers to reduce waste by using in-house filtration systems and refillable bottles for drinking water.

The US and UK produce more plastic waste per person than any other major country. One of the solutions to this problem is eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging in products such as bottled water. Since the turn of the century consumption of bottled water has doubled and estimates suggest that water bottles now make up around half of all plastic bottles (about 7.7 billion per year in the UK), a significant proportion of which are landfilled, littered, or incinerated.

This is clearly an area that facilities managers can target for waste reduction.  Given that public awareness of unnecessary plastic packaging is stronger than ever, many users will welcome their drinking water being supplied in a much more sustainable way than bought-in water in plastic bottles.

One answer is to use reusable glass bottles, refilled from an in-house water filtration system.  These are increasingly being used because they offer a great alternative to bought-in bottled water in many ways; helping to reduce waste, improve CSR credentials, save money and provide a unique branding opportunity.

These systems mean organisations no longer need to buy in bottled water, so avoiding the environmental concerns over the manufacture, transportation, storage and disposal of these bought-in bottles, which are often single-use plastic. Water bottles can be filled as they are required, eliminating the need for storing and refrigerating large stocks of bought-in bottles.

An in-house water filtration system is quick and easy to use, providing a limitless supply of chilled still and sparkling drinking water.  The reusable swing-stopper or tamper-evident screw-cap glass bottles themselves are elegant, champagne-strength and machine washable. The bottles also offer an outstanding branding opportunity as they can be personalised through a high quality, permanent printing process, allowing them to carry any logo or design.  This gives a perfect opportunity to convey a marketing or CSR message, helping to support and strengthen your brand.  Many leading businesses are finding that instead of costing more to take the ‘sustainable’ option, it’s actually costing them less.

In-house filtration contributes significantly to the bottom-line.  Standalone systems are now available costing just 3.70 per day.  So, if you spend more than this on bought-in bottled water – around 5-6 litres daily – then you’ll be saving money from the outset.  A higher volume built-in system can be designed and fully installed, with free bottles, dishwasher trays and carry-crates, for less than £4.50 a day (including regular servicing and full parts replacement cover).  On-site system and hygiene training is provided as standard, as well as start-up cleaning products, to ensure the most stringent EHO requirements are met.

 

Waste management – refill not landfill!

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