Bottled water has become popular in Australia since the late 1980s. Most bottled water is packaged in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic made from oil (a non-renewable resource) which uses up to 3L of water to produce 1L of water. Transportation of the bottled water burns fossil fuels and most PET bottles end up in landfill, taking up to 1000 years to break down. As litter, the bottles often end up in the sea where they break up into tiny pieces, killing marine life that mistake them for food.

Did you know?

  • Australians spend over $500 million on bottled water every year
  • Tap water has 1 per cent of the environmental impact of bottled water
  • Recycling just one bottle saves enough energy to power a television for 90 minutes. Recycling makes a big difference; the more we recycle the less raw materials we use
  • For every ton of PET produced, 3 tons of carbon dioxide is released.

What you can do

  • Say NO to bottled water. Australian tap water is world standard drinking water so it is the safest, cheapest and most sustainable option
  • Buy a reusable drinking bottle and carry it with you
  • Pick up and recycle any plastic bottles you find as litter
  • Support the campaign for Container Deposit Scheme when it starts in NSW
  • Learn more about reducing your waste at War on Waste

Local initiatives

Midwaste has 3 mobile water refill stations available for use at Council and community run events. Please contact us through the website for more information

Other Information:

Story of Bottled Water from the Story of Stuff Project