In Whistler we are serious about reducing waste, including from plastic water bottles.
Plastic water bottles are single-use waste, meaning they are used once then discarded. These items may not be reused or recycled, and end up in the landfill.
Whistler’s goal is zero waste, which means diverting 90 per cent of waste from landfill. Reducing the use of plastic water bottles is one way to help achieve this goal.
What you can do
You can help reduce plastic waste by choosing to drink Whistler’s fresh water straight from the tap rather than from a plastic water bottle.
Whistler has some of the best tasting tap water in British Columbia. Whistler’s water is tested daily and is safe for consumption from all taps.
What we are doing
- Partnering with Whistler hotels. The RMOW has partnered with the Hotel Association of Whistler to encourage hotel guests to drink water from the tap. Member hotels are sharing information throughout their properties, including in-room guest education. The Hotel Association of Whistler has also announced their support and participation in the Plastic Wise Challenge, an initiative launched by Ocean Wise in Vancouver to reduce the use of single-use plastic items.
- Building more drinking foundations. The RMOW plans to build more public water foundations in Whistler in 2019 and 2020. This will add to the 20 fountains already in place at all major parks, in Whistler Village and throughout the community.
- Eliminating the sale of bottled water at municipal properties. In 2010, the RMOW took an important step by eliminating the sale of bottled water at all municipal properties, including Meadow Park Sports Centre, public parks and municipal buildings.
We are all part of the solution
By working together, we can help to achieve the community’s solid waste, water conservation, and climate action goals.