Tourists in Venice are being urged to throw out single-use plastic water bottles and drink from fountains in the local government’s latest bid to reduce pollution.
Ourism is responsible for up to 40 percent of the waste produced in the Italian city, the local council said AFP.
With visitor numbers returning to pre-pandemic levels, Venice authorities have been looking for ways to limit the impact of mass tourism.
A local marketing campaign aims to encourage the millions of people who visit the city each year to avoid buying or bringing plastic water bottles into the city.
The campaign will feature a map of drinking water fountains throughout Venice.
It shows the city’s 126 drinking fountains and 60 other fountains on nearby islands. According to locals, these fountains can be found every 100 meters.
For those who would like access to a similar map before the campaign launches, a private project, Venice Tap Water, has already created and published a map of drinking water fountains on the islands.
Local businessman Marco Capovilla founded Venice Tapwater in 2019 to encourage the use of the city’s fountains and reduce plastic pollution.
The new campaign is the latest attempt to move towards a more sustainable tourism model in Venice.
Earlier this year, large cruise ships were banned from the Venice Lagoon.
Meanwhile, day-trippers to the city will be charged an entrance fee from next year and forced to plan their visit in advance.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/venice-tells-tourists-to-ditch-water-bottles-and-drink-from-fountains-41968334.html Venice urges tourists to throw away water bottles and drink from fountains