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Government bans the sale of drinks in plastic bottles at Nature Reserve

The Nature Reserve is high up on the Rock of Gibraltar.
The Nature Reserve is high up on the Rock of Gibraltar. / SUR
  • The latest initiative to reduce plastic waste in Gibraltar has the full support of the three companies which sell drinks on the Upper Rock

As part of its measures to protect the environment, the Gibraltar government is to prohibit the sale or distribution of drinks in plastic bottles within the Nature Reserve with effect from 1 July. This is one of several steps the government is taking to reduce plastic waste in Gibraltar, and the measure has the full support of the three companies that sell drinks in the Nature Reserve.

In a statement the MH Bland company, which runs the Cable Car, says: "MH Bland and the Cable Car are delighted to support the government's initiative which is in keeping with the company's corporate social responsibility policy to protect our environment. In anticipation, MH Bland banned the sale of single use plastic bottles at the Top Station on 1st May 2019".

A representative of St Michael's Cabin said that "St Michael's Cabin is proud to support the banning of single bottled plastic in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve and will stop selling the said products with immediate effect."

The Imperial Group, which supplies vending machines on the Upper Rock said: "Imperial Group, through its company Easy Vending is proud to support the government initiative to eliminate single use plastic bottles in the Nature Reserve."

Dr John Cortes, the Minister for the Environment and Climate, stresses that the initiative sends out another important message about Gibraltar's responsibility to the environment. "I am particularly pleased to have experienced the full cooperation of the three businesses in supporting this initiative. The private sector is increasingly leading in sustainability and environmental initiatives, which is great to see, and which the public in general will appreciate, support, and reward," he said.