Since February 2023, ERP (establishments open to the public) have been required to provide their visitors with a water fountain, in accordance with the anti-waste law for a Circular Economy (AGEC). The aim of this measure is to encourage eco-responsible behaviour by reducing the use of plastic bottles, which are now completely banned.
Who is affected?
- Government departments
- Public places (stations, stadiums, exhibition centres, gardens, etc.)
Water fountains are now compulsory in public buildings. They must be easily accessible, functional and comply with hygiene and food safety regulations. They must be equipped with a water filtration and purification system, and be regularly maintained and cleaned.
Plastic recycling is a major issue for the global environment, given over-consumption and the pollution of ecosystems. Companies have a crucial role to play in meeting this challenge.
This practice is increasingly being called into question because of the growing consumption of plastic bottles. Even if these bottles are recyclable, the recycling process requires large amounts of energy and resources, which can have a negative impact on the environment.
Many countries export their plastic waste to other countries for recycling, which can lead to pollution and health problems in the recipient countries. It is therefore essential to reduce consumption of plastic bottles and promote sustainable alternatives such as glass or stainless steel bottles.
The benefits of zero waste
As well as meeting legal requirements, the installation of water coolers in public buildings offers a number of advantages:
- Reduce the amount of plastic waste produced by visitors
- Promoted access to drinking water for all
- Promoting sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices
- Reduce the cost of purchasing and managing plastic bottles
At Mistral Constructeur
As water cooler professionals, we play a key role in this transition. We offer customised solutions and equipment that comply with the relevant regulations. This is an important step towards reducing the use of plastic bottles and promoting more environmentally-friendly practices.