Bottled water has long been
decried for its heavy environmental footprint. Not only is it
unnecessary where safe and effective municipal systems exist,
plastic bottles create an enormous amount of waste. The costs of
disposing of and recycling bottles falls largely on municipalities
as opposed to producers. These producers often pay next to nothing
to extract the water from local aquifers (thereby contributing to
their depletion) despite make huge profits from bottling and
selling it. The manufacturing and transportation of plastic bottles
creates greenhouse gas emissions.
Many municipalities in Canada have limited bans on the sale of
bottled water, usually in the form of bans from municipal
administrative buildings, facilities, or events. None have
seemingly gone so far as to ban their sale entirely from within a
Banning bottled water is a smart, but notably a difficult,
Such a ban might be more smoothly introduced alongside
(re)introduction of clean and available public drinking fountains,
which seem to have all but disappeared from public spaces over the
last several years.
Needless to say, Montreal will be under heavy industry pressure
not to proceed with such a ban (and indeed, producers have already been busy lining up lobbyists to
assist in these efforts).
However, it seems like a move in the right
direction—perhaps a first step towards broader changes that
will reduce our over-reliance on single-use containers and lead us
towards more sustainable options.
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