Monday 06 August 2018 – Media Release
Canary Wharf Group Aims to Cut 100,000 Plastic Bottles with UK’s First Installation of Trackable Water Refill Stations in Shopping Malls
From this month, workers and visitors to Canary Wharf will be able to top up their water bottles on the go, thanks to seven new water refill stations being installed in Canary Wharf’s shopping malls. The first is now in action in Canada Place, with the second arriving in Cabot Place this week and the remaining five to be installed from the beginning of September in Jubilee Place, Churchill Place and Crossrail Place. Each water refill station has a unique counter system tracking how many bottles are being refilled.
The move is part of Canary Wharf Group’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the latest initiative in their #BreakingThePlasticHabit campaign, which last week saw the Estate set to become the world’s first plastic free commercial community, an initiative from Surfers Against Sewage.
The refill stations are part of a new breed of super-sturdy hygienic fountains supplied by British firm MIW Water Cooler Experts, which earlier this year helped establish the London Drinking Fountain Fund as part of the #OneLess movement. MIW was also behind the drinking fountains installed in Borough Market, London Zoo, Wimbledon Tennis Club and Heathrow Airport.
38.5 million1 plastic bottles are bought in the UK every day, but only just over half are recycled, while 16 million are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment and oceans each day. Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years2 to break down once they reach the sea. Many of the popular bottled water brands consumed in the UK are transported hundreds of miles from their source, contributing to the 350,000 tonnes3 of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere every year by the bottled water industry in the UK.
Steve Greig, Co-Managing Director, Canary Wharf Management, said, “After making Canary Wharf a clean coffee zone, tackling plastic straws, introducing a Deposit Return Scheme and set to become the world’s first plastic free commercial centre, 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 said, “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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Canary Wharf Group plc
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Notes to Editors:
About the refill stations
MIW’s Eco -Dispenser HTHB-1500-80 bottle filler offers the ideal combination of high performance, durability and ease of use that is essential to meet the hydration requirements of any fast-paced or high traffic environment. Users can enjoy water that is chilled and filtered, with up to 680 regular 500ml sports bottles being filled every hour. What’s more, with hands-free operation and an automatic start/stop sensor, the bottle filler is suitable for use by those with visual or physical disabilities and even meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act for children and adults. Offering an impressive chill flow rate of 80 litres per hour.
About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf, will provide up to 3,600 new homes, 2.8m sq ft of office space, 380,000 sq ft of retail space and over eight acres of public spaces, squares and parks. There will also be a GP surgery and a two-form primary school for 420 children.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority
About MIW Water Cooler Experts
MIW Water Cooler Experts is one of the largest independent suppliers of water coolers in the UK. Formed in 1989, MIW now supplies over 7,000 schools and businesses nationwide with high quality water coolers and drinking fountains. For more than quarter of a century MIW has been developing and building innovative, high quality water coolers and drinking fountains. MIW also partners many of the UK’s leading architects & construction companies in providing drinking fountains for their clients.