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Drinking fountains mapped on the move towards plastic-free – Bundaberg Now

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Water bubbler in Buss Park, Bundaberg CBD.

The Council has mapped the locations of drinking fountains in the region after it was selected by the Boomerang Alliance as one of its Plastic Free Places.

The Plastic Free Places program is being delivered in partnership with the State Government and Boomerang Alliance, made possible locally with support from Bundaberg Regional Council.

The selection was the result of the Council’s successful advocacy for inclusion in the Plastic Free Places program.

The move is aimed at furthering the region’s push to become plastic-free, with every drinking fountain in the Bundaberg region highlighted on an interactive map.

Bundaberg Region Mayor Helen Blackburn said the introduction of the card supports key recycling principles to avoid or reduce the use of plastic and be reused.

“Refilling drinks bottles is a simple way to reduce plastic and is also more cost-effective for local residents,” said Mayor Helen Balckburn.

“It doesn’t just save your change when you’re on the road. Less plastic and waste means less waste going to landfill, which is a win-win for taxpayers and the environment.

“Initiatives like this interactive water map will help the community choose to reuse and reduce their waste to secure the future of our planet for generations to come.”

With eight billion tonnes of waste generated every year, the Plastic Free Places initiative aims to minimize the use of single-use plastic items such as water bottles, straws, coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, food items and plastic bags.

“Our region is renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty, from the rugged hinterland to the picturesque coastline.

“Anything we can do to protect and preserve it is positive.”

View the interactive water map here and start taking steps to reduce plastic waste.

If your business has a public water refill station that you would like to include on the interactive map, please contact the Council’s Economic Development team.

The Plastic Free Places team will be in the region in May to meet local businesses and discuss how they can ‘de-plasticize’ their businesses.

Anyone interested in learning more about the drinking fountains and other Council Plastic Free Places initiatives and similar programs can find out more here:

  • The urge for plastic-free here.
  • Council’s Towards Net Zero program here.
  • About the Plastic Free Places program here.
  • Local entrepreneurs can get started here.
  • Rent Council’s portable water refill station for your next event. Read more about this initiative here.