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Arlington on Tap campaign makes progress

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The following was submitted by Amy Speare of Zero Waste Arlington, an advocacy and education-focused group, working at both the local and state levels to effect change and reduce waste. 

Arlington on Tap was initiated by Zero Waste Arlington (ZWA) to support the town’s new retail ban on single-use plastic bottled water, promote Arlington’s high-quality tap water and build a network of refill stations.

Since its launch last May, Arlington on Tap has been responsive to community feedback and the campaign has accomplished the following milestones:

  • State Rep. Sean Garballey worked on Arlington’s behalf to secure $50,000 in the fiscal 2023 state budget specifically allocated to fund the installation of bottle refill stations in Arlington. ZWA thanks Rep. Garballey for his proactive work and ongoing support of our efforts. 
  • ZWA committee members have been actively working with town stakeholders to identify bottle refill station locations. The first success of this partnership is the planned installation of a refill station at Hurd Field, which is undergoing renovation. Additional sites are being discussed for a roll-out by next summer. 
  • In conjunction with our No Plastic, Please! campaign to reduce wasteful single-use plastic in restaurants, ZWA is asking restaurants to refill customer’s reusable water bottles upon request. Participating businesses will be featured on the Arlington on Tap map (see link below).
  • Zero Waste Arlington’s Town Day bottle refill kiosk served 50 gallons of tap water this year, demonstrating the need for publicly available bottle refill stations. Eliminating plastics in our community is a team effort:
  • An Arlington resident’s enthusiasm and local support led to Zero Waste Arlington’s proposal of the bylaw to ban sales of single-use plastic water bottles. 
  • Partnership with town leaders will result in a network of water-filling stations throughout town. 
  • Leadership from state leaders provides financial support. 

For more information on Zero Waste Arlington, visit 

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This pitch was published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022.

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