Nestle’s water bottling operation has been desperately fighting municipal bans on the purchase of bottled water all over Canada, and the latest challenge comes from Guelph – the site of a very controversial Nestle water mining operation.
What’s remarkable about Nestle’s attempts to forestall a ban is that their odd contention that everyone’s better off by creating plastic waste in the form of a bottle, and then recycling some of the bottles.
From the GuelphMercury.com
The City of Guelph is considering banning bottled water in all city facilities.
A city committee discussed a plan last week that would make municipal tap water accessible to all city staff and the public inside its facilities, as well as at community events.
Mayor Karen Farbridge said employees would be provided with refillable canisters.
At the Sleeman Centre, where the city offers bottled water for sale as well as pop and juice, Farbridge said, they have asked staff to see whether there’s a way to work with the private sector to reduce waste.
Nestlé Waters Canada was present at the community development and environmental services committee to voice their opposition to the city wanting to phase out bottled water.
Instead, Nestlé spokesperson John Callinor said he wanted the city to come on board with its concept of a Public Spaces pilot program. Along with its partners, Nestlé entered into a $7.2-million agreement in June with the government of Quebec to collect and recycle plastic beverage containers and other recyclable materials.
“Don’t replace our bottled water with freely available, high-quality, low-cost-to-taxpayers tap water,” Nestle’s spokesman seems to be saying. “Buy bottled, and together, we’ll recycle some of the bottles later.”
In a market where consumers are fast becoming aware of the environmental emptiness of bottled water, Nestle’s arguments in favor of its products grow more convoluted by the day.