Vineyard High School Saves Over 1,800 Water Bottles in One Week

OAK BLUFFS – Students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School have been reducing the amount of plastic water bottles disposed at the school by the thousands.

The Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) says that thanks to the recent installation of two bottle refilling stations, students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School saved over 1,800 disposable plastic waters from the waste stream in just the first week of the academic year.

The stations were installed over the summer and were meant to serve as a test trial project, and with booming popularity at the high school, VCS says its secured funding to take the project island-wide. They say the refilling stations have also provided a positive sense of pride in young people to reduce waste.

The machines dispense cold and filtered water operate similarly to traditional water fountains. VCS says that the refilling stations are so popular that nearly every student at the high school has begun to carry reusable water bottles.

The organization is working to expand its plastics reduction campaign, from recently passed bans on plastic bags in town to the other solutions that reduce pollution and waste.

The Vineyard Conservation Society is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1965 that’s dedicated to preserving the environment of Martha’s Vineyard through advocacy, education, and the protection of the Island’s land and water. 

By TIM DUNN, News Center

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