480,000 plastic bottles saved by Severn Trent at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Around 480,000 plastic bottles have been saved by water stations

Spectators, Games volunteers and emergency services personnel were kept hydrated during the Games as the water company sought to tackle single-use plastic waste.

Counters installed at water filling stations kept track of the number of plastic bottles saved, the initiative helping to save people money on their memorable days as they enjoyed the excitement of each event.

As the Official Nature and Carbon Neutral Partner of Birmingham 2022, Severn Trent had 248 taps in operation at the 41 water filling stations, with over 800 company volunteers on hand to help and respond to any questions viewers may have.

A water filling station at the NEC.

Tamsin Morgan, Head of Communications at Severn Trent, said: “We are delighted to see how positively our water refill stations have been received by spectators during the Games. It was wonderful to see the crowds of people approaching the stations between events to refill their reusable bottles for free.

“It was also important for us to spread the word about the importance of staying hydrated and at the same time tackling the problem of single-use plastic, which helped Birmingham 2022’s ambitions to be the Commonwealth Games. most durable to date.

“Around 480,000 bottles equals a huge amount of single-use plastic that has gone unused thanks to this initiative, which makes us very proud. From our many interactions with spectators, we know that we helped them save money on their truly memorable day, which is the icing on the cake for us.

A water station at the Cycling Time Trial.

Through its partnership with the Games, Severn Trent is delivering a range of initiatives to leave a social and environmental legacy after the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The company has pledged to create 2,022 acres of Commonwealth Forest in the region to help offset the carbon generated by the Games and provide a ‘green hug’ around Birmingham.

72 small forests the size of tennis courts were also planted earlier this year in the Midlands to celebrate the Games, bringing urban communities closer to nature.

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