Two new water bottle refilling stations have been submitted and approved in the Bray Municipal District, signaling a significant step in the battle against plastic packaging waste. Cllr Rory O’Connor and Cllr Melanie Corrigan submitted this proposal, which was got the green light during the November budget meeting.
The locations for these essential refilling stations are set to be at a location in Bray and in Enniskerry Bog Meadow, strategically placed to encourage residents and visitors to ditch single-use plastic bottles and opt for a more sustainable, eco-friendly choice.
Cathoirleach of Bray Municipal District Cllr Melanie Corrigan said “She is delighted to see this project being approved, there is already a water station at the playground on the Seafront, but to have another strategically placed in the town will be a huge benefit to the battle to reduce single use plastics in the Community “
Leas Cathoirleach of Bray Municipal District Cllr Rory O’Connor said “ I believe as a council we need to make it easy for people to be sustainable when visiting both Enniskerry & Bray and I think having simple things like bottle refilling stations is a start to help tackle the single use culture of water bottles and reduce plastic wastage across the district”
According to recent statistics, plastic packaging waste recycling rates in Ireland remain dismally low, hovering at a mere 28 percent. Shockingly, a substantial portion of plastic packaging waste is still being sent for incineration, with less than one-third finding its way into recycling programs.
Alarming data reveals that a staggering 22 million plastic bottles are purchased in Ireland every week. These numbers alone show the need to reduce the usage of single use plastic bottles and promote facilities like water bottle refilling stations to encourage people to use reusable bottles.