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Step closer for water refill points to cut plastic waste in Causeway Coast & Glens

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Causeway Coast and Glens Council is a step closer to installing water refill stations to cut plastic waste following a motion to Council’s Environment Committee on Tuesday.

The motion was proposed by SDLP councillor Stephanie Quigley and seconded by her party colleague Helena Dallat O’Driscoll and asks that the Council resolves to establish a water bottle refill scheme and identify the most appropriate locations as part of its aim to reduce the amount of plastic caused by singe-use drinks bottles.

Speaking after councillors backed the proposal, Councillor Quigley said:

“We all recognise the need to drastically reduce the amount of single-use plastics and as elected representatives we have an important role to play.

“Plastic products take generations to break down and if they are not used or disposed of responsibly they are damaging to the environment, harmful to wildlife and blight landscapes. Plastic pollution takes on marine wildlife and as a coastal borough we have a responsibility to tackle it.

“The refill stations could appear in parks, open spaces and town centres to encourage members of the public to use reusable alternatives to single use plastics.

Councillor Helena Dallat O’Driscoll, who seconded the motion, added:

“We are all too aware of the scourge of single-use plastics. The water bottle refill stations are intended to allow the public to refill plastic bottles and cut back on waste across the borough and they would also help to tackle fly tipping and littering.

“Plastic pollution is a huge problem of planetary proportions and we must all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. This motion refers to something that we as a local authority can and must do to help solve the problem of the massive production of single-use plastic.

“We believe that this initiative will be popular and it will reduce the number of bottles in our parks, on our roadsides and ultimately reduce the amount of plastic that we have to recycle. It is also an initiative that we believe that we could get funding for and we have asked that that option is explored.”

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