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Refill Not Landfill

A Message From County Executive Maggie Brooks

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the “Refill Not Landfill” initiative, which we have launched as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping our environment clean and safe.

Refill Not Landfill” encourages residents to use a refillable container instead of a disposable plastic container for their water consumption needs.  

We’re proud to partner with local business Nalge Nunc and the Monroe County Water Authority to educating County residents about the importance of keeping disposable plastic water bottles out of area landfills.

Did you know that 8 out of 10 plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or end up in a landfill?  Fossil fuels are the key component in the production of plastic bottles which contain the chemical PET or polyethylene terephthalate which is derived from crude oil.  Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel more than 1 million U.S. cars for a year!

Monroe County is poised to make a difference by providing an eco-friendly solution to bottled water.  As you navigate through this site, you will find information about where to purchase your Nalgene refillable bottle as well as get the facts about your household tap water, which is delivered to you every day by the Monroe County Water Authority.  Excitingly, two dollars from every bottle purchase will be donated to beautifying Monroe County parks.
Thank you for making a “green” choice and helping us make a difference in our environment.  

Maggie Brooks
Monroe County Executive



Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What do you mean by Refill Not Landfill?

Refill Not Landfill is a nation-wide campaign that encourages people to use reusable drinking containers instead of disposable plastic bottles.  The goal is to protect the environment by reducing landfill waste.   

Q:  How do I get a bottle?

Thanks to a partnership with local Penfield company, Nalge Nunc, you can purchase a high-quality, Spring Green 32oz. Tritan Bottle through Nalgene’s website at

Q:  How much do the bottles cost?

The retail price per each bottle is $11.50.  With every purchase, $2.00 will be donated to the County’s Parks Department Trust Fund, a charity that helps to improve local parks, including the County’s reforestation efforts.

Q:  I like my bottled water, why should I drink tap water?

Although the consumption of bottled water continues to grow in the United States, many people don’t know that bottled water is often no healthier than the tap water found in your home.  In fact, tap water supplied to you from the Monroe County Water Authority is tested more rigorously and is safer than any product found in your supermarket or grocery store.  It also costs much less.

Q:  Isn’t all water the same?  How can it cost less?

The cost difference is seen in the actual manufacturing and delivery of water in disposable plastic bottles.  Each plastic water bottle is made from PET, a petroleum product which is derived from crude oil.  Making bottles to supply Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 17 million barrels of oil annually.  That’s enough to fuel more than 1 million cars for a year!  At almost $10 per gallon, bottled water costs more than gasoline!  Compare that to the water you receive from the Water Authority, which delivers clean, safe water to your home for just pennies a gallon.

Q:  What is PET?

PET is polyethylene-terephthalate, a plastic used in the construction of water bottles.  This product is derived from crude oil, the same oil that is used to fuel your automobile and other machinery.




In the United States in 2006, bottled water consumption reached a record 8.3 billion gallons, 185 million gallons of which was imported. The total amount spent was over $11 billion.
(Beverage Marketing Corp.)
In contrast to tap water, which is distributed through an energy-efficient infrastructure, transporting bottled water long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels. Nearly a quarter of all bottled water crosses national borders to reach consumers, transported by boat, train, and truck.
(Earth Policy Institute)
It costs more money to drink bottled water than to put gas in your car--up to five times more--due mainly to its packaging and transportation.
(Earth Policy Institute)
Bottled water companies do not have to release their water-testing results to the public, whereas municipalities do.
(Natural Resources Defense Council)



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The “Refill Not Landfill” initiative encourages residents to keep our environment clean and safe by using a refillable container instead of a disposable plastic container for their water consumption needs.