Canary Wharf launches ‘trackable’ water refill stations in malls

09/08/2018 - 07:00
Canary Wharf, the business capital of London, is rolling out ‘trackable’ water refill stations in its shopping malls this summer as part of its wider sustainability plan.

With the first now in action in Canada Place, the second is due in Cabot Place this week and the remaining six to be launched at the beginning of September across the remaining sites (Jubilee Place, Churchill Place and Crossrail Place).

Tracking usage to “see how many single-use water bottles it is able to replace with refills,” the refill stations will allow workers and visitors to top up their bottles on-the-go, as part of part of Canary Wharf Group’s “on-going commitment to sustainability and #BreakingThePlasticHabit campaign.”

Co-managing director at Canary Wharf Management, Steve Greig, commented: “After making Canary Wharf a clean coffee zone, tackling plastic straws and introducing a deposit return scheme, this is a natural next step for us. 

“We hope this helps even more people make the switch to carrying a reusable bottle. When you have an opportunity to save cost and the planet, it’s an easy decision to make.”

Mike Winter, managing director of MIW Water Cooler Experts (who is installing the stations) added: “Responsible organisations like Canary Wharf Group are showing that where there’s a will, there’s a way to tackle the scourge of plastic bottles. 

“The solution is as simple as it was in Victorian times, when you’d find a drinking fountain on every street corner. 

“The difference now is that the latest models of outdoor fountains are tougher, safer and more accessible than ever before. 

“This will be the first time fountains which can track usage are installed in UK shopping malls, so it will be exciting to see how many single use water bottles we are able to replace with refills.”

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