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Central Highlands Water’s Be Smart Choose Tap Ambassadors Olympian Steve Moneghetti, AM and professional tennis player Zoe Hives along with students from Pleasant Street Primary School today launched a new Café Hospitality Jug program during National Recycling Week, 12-18 November 2018.

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.

Managing Director, Paul O’Donohue said, “The Be Smart Choose Tap Café Hospitality program has been very successful with many local cafés and restaurants supporting the initiative to encourage the community to drink tap water from a refillable table jug rather than purchasing single use plastic bottles.”

“Around the globe, one million plastic bottles are bought every minute and most of them end up in landfill or in the ocean where they can do severe damage to our marine life. We must all work to reduce single use plastic bottles or we face impacting the region’s waterways in years to come,” Mr O’Donohue said.

The Be Smart Choose Tap student education program focuses in part, on reducing plastic waste by encouraging students to drink tap water instead of buying bottled water.

“We continue to work closely with schools across the Central Highlands region and find students are motivated and feel a sense of social responsibility to reduce single use plastic bottle waste,” said Mr O’Donohue.

Central Highlands Water continue to advance the cause having donated over 40 free drinking water fountains across the region, in parks, sporting centres and schools, which people can find using the Be Smart Choose Tap App.

To find out more about Be Smart Choose Tap, please visit http://www.chw.net.au/community/choosetap