CITY-WIDE drinking fountains are to be considered by Cork City Council tonight to reduce the use of plastic bottles.
A motion submitted by Councillor Mick Nugent (SF) calls for drinking fountains to be installed in public areas with high footfall The matter has already been discussed by the council’s environmental and recreation committee.
Mr Nugent said the fountains would be ideal in public parks and could drastically could cut plastic waste in the city. He added that the idea could be rolled out at Marina Park and Tramore Valley Park, which is due to open this summer.
“It has already been done in Dublin, where the council there have paired up with a group called Cool Planet,” said Mr Nugent.
“The idea is reducing the use of single-use plastics. This could be done in parks or walkways, so people can just bring along their own reusable containers, if they are going out for a jog. You see a lot of people with bottles on them out running and the idea is they can stop and fill up.
“It would be ideal at the new Marina Park and the Tramore Valley Park, or even somewhere like Fitzgerald Park, when people are hanging around for an hour or so. Rather than going down to a shop and buying another plastic water bottle and throwing it into a bin or throwing it away, they could simply fill up from the fountain,” he added.