The new site informs people about the waste created by single-use water bottles and encourages everyone to use tap water and reusable water bottles. iRefill supporters now can go online to take the iRefill Pledge to use reusable water bottles and reduce landfill waste. And, once an individual or business submits the pledge form, their names will be added onto the site.
More than 60 million single-use plastic bottles are used in the United States every day. The largest percentage of these ends up in landfills. The solution to this massive disposal problem is to use refillable steel, glass or BPA-free plastic bottles. The iRefill.org website has information on what kinds of bottles are safest to reuse and how to keep bottles clean and sanitized. Information about drinking water in the Truckee Meadows and about TMWA’s water quality also is at iRefill.org.
For more information on Environmental Health Services at the Washoe County Health District, visit www.washoecounty.us/health/ehs/index/php, or call 328-2434. For more information on how to help reduce landfill waste, visit www.iRefill.org.