Bottled Water and the Environment

Bottled water companies work hard to protect the environment, and play an important role in promoting recycling of plastic containers and groundwater management.

The bottled water industry is one of thousands of food, beverage and commercial water users. Bottled water companies actively support comprehensive ground water management practices that are science-based, treat all users fairly, and are multi-jurisdictional. They also help provide for future needs of this important resource. 

Here at Diamond Springs our returnable 3- and 5-gallon bottles have a life cycle of approximately 50 deliveries. Our returnable bottles are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before being refilled. When it’s time to take the returnable bottles out of service, we take care of the recycling with our on-site compactor.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) states that the plastic beverage bottles are among the most recycled packaged products in the United States. As an industry we are consistently working to reduce the environmental footprint of the plastic beverage bottle. The bottled water industry is switching to use lighter weight plastics for containers and improving transportation fuel efficiency. As stated before, bottled water containers, from individual serving size to 5-gallons, are fully recyclable and should be properly recycled through your local recycling system. Here at Diamond Springs, we make it easier for you by recycling your used gallon reusable bottles for you. An interesting fact that IBWA said is “the bottled water home and office delivery industry is one of the original recyclers”.

Diamond Springs compacts the 3- and 5-gallon bottles that are taken out of service. Once compacted the former plastic bottles are sent to a center that specializes in repurposing the plastic. Did you know that recycled plastic bottles are used for all sorts of new products all over the world? Earth911 shares that recycled plastic gets turned into new bottles, containers, garden supplies, pallets, and crates. Some more interesting items the recycled plastic gets used for are plastic lumber, plastic pipe, park benches, and railroad ties.

As an industry we take the environment seriously, and constantly are researching ways to make our industry more sustainable and environmentally conscious.