A motion to ban the sale of bottled water will be introduced at a Park Board meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015. Commissioner Mike Wiebe’s Zero Waste Water Bottle Policy motion is seconded by Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon and it will be discussed at the meeting. Speakers to the motion might be heard at a subsequent meeting, provided that the majority of the Park Board agree to referring to motion to a future committee meeting (Update: the majority on Park Board voted not to refer this motion to hear from speakers and voted this motion down.
Bottled water is available for sale at many community centres and in parks throughout Vancouver. The motion seeks to phase out the sale of bottled water in parks facilities and to also increase the number of water fountains and filing stations.
The City of San Francisco has already banned bottled water sales. With Vancouver’s goal to become the Greenest City, should a similar measure be put into place here? One of the benefits of a ban on bottled water is the reduction of waste that ends up in landfills. Even if the bottles are recycled, there is a lot of energy involved in the manufacture and transportation of plastic bottles.
We’ve reproduced the text of the motion below:
Zero Waste Water Bottle Policy
MOTION ON NOTICE
MOVER: Commissioner Wiebe SECONDER: Commissioner Mackinnon
1. In recognition that March 22nd is UN World Water Day, which has a focus on making healthy drinking water available for all;
2. The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation have a commitment to zero waste under the City’s Greenest City Action Plan;
3. Until November 30, 2016, the Vancouver Park Board has a Supply Agreement with Coca-Cola, which includes the exclusive supply of still bottled water at all Park Board facilities;
4. Initiatives to increase on-site water fountain/fill stations have been completed with positive results at local universities and communities;
5. The Metro Vancouver “Tap Map” mobile app shows gaps in our inventory of public water stations.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
A. The Vancouver Park Board direct staff to develop a policy for Board consideration for the phase out of the sale of bottled water at all Park Board facilities, while respecting the current still water contract;
B. The Vancouver Park Board direct staff to investigate increasing water fountains and filling stations at Park Board facilities and parks.