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Refill water dispensers switch on to top up Canary Wharf’s bid to go ‘single-use plastic’ free

PUBLISHED: 10:48 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 08 August 2018

First drinking water refill dispenser at Canary Wharf. Picture: Christopher Andreou

First drinking water refill dispenser at Canary Wharf. Picture: Christopher Andreou

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New drinking water refill dispenser machines are being installed at Canary Wharf to try and phase out ‘single use’ plastic bottles.

Volunteers clearing plastic and other rubbish near Canary Wharf on Isle of Dogs foreshore. Picture source: Thames 21Volunteers clearing plastic and other rubbish near Canary Wharf on Isle of Dogs foreshore. Picture source: Thames 21

New drinking water refill dispensers are being installed at Canary Wharf to top-up reusable plastic bottles.

Two dispensers are already working in Canada Place and Cabot Place for topping up reusable water bottles.

Another five are on the way next month in Jubilee Place, Churchill Place and Crossrail Place.

“We hope this helps more people make the switch to reusable bottles,” Canary Wharf’s Steve Greig said. “It’s an easy decision when you have a chance to help save the planet.”

The hygienic fountains are the first of their kind in a shopping mall in the country which Canary Wharf Group hopes will cut use of 100,000 plastic water bottles over the next year. The company wants to turn Canary Wharf into the world’s first ‘plastic free’ commercial centre.

Nearly 40 million plastic bottles are bought in Britain every day, but only half get recycled, while 16 million are put into landfill, burnt or end up in rivers like the Thames and out to sea.

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