Refill Telford makes a splash for National Refill Day!
Wednesday 19 June is National Refill Day and Telford & Wrekin Council is getting involved along with dozens of other borough businesses as it steps up its part in the war on single use plastic.
City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation headed by campaigner Natalie Fee, launched the award-winning Refill Campaign in 2015. It’s estimated that the scheme, now being rolled out nationwide with support from Water UK and local water companies, including Severn Trent Water, will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, as well as substantially increasing the availability of high-quality drinking water.
At Telford & Wrekin Council, we’re encouraging staff and visitors to our public buildings to refill their water bottles rather than buying single-use plastic bottles. Café Go in Addenbrooke House in Telford town centre is the latest Refill Station to sign up along with another four stations at council facilities: if you take your empty bottle in, they’ll refill it with tap water for you – no charge and no plastic waste.
According to Refill, if just 1 in 10 Brits refilled just once a week, we’d save around 340 million plastic bottles a year!
There are already more than 50 Refill Stations across the borough and over 20,000 Refill Stations across the UK registered on the free Refill app. If you want to find out where they are, you can download the Refill app on your phone or tablet.
Sustainable Newport launched Refill Newport at the end of March as a complement to their Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free communities campaign. Sustainable Newport have signed up over 20 locations, including pubs, cafes, retailers and several service providers such as hairdressers and opticians and is happy to be contacted by any other businesses who would like to join.
Simone Whitfield, from Sustainable Newport, said: “Plastics, including single-use plastic bottles, are now one of the most frequently found type of litter on UK beaches. You don’t have to look far to find them littering our own towns, green spaces and waterways on the way to the sea.jv
“Refill Newport gives us all the opportunity to help make reduce this type of litter a thing while having the bonus of saving us all money."
In Madeley, Local Champion and Town Councillor, Helena Morgan, is launching Refill Madeley. She already has her first Refill Station signed up: Madeley Wellbeing Café on the High Street.
Cllr Helena Morgan said: “Here in Madeley we’re delighted to have our first Refill Station on board but we want to encourage other local businesses to get in touch and sign up too.”
The Council will be working to help sign up more locations both across the borough and in their own buildings as Refill Stations to help to reduce single-use plastic further.
Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member with responsibility for climate change, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting National Refill Day and have started to sign up new Refill Stations in our buildings across the borough.
“We will be working to ensure that as many of our public buildings as possible can be Refill Stations as soon as possible and we hope we can encourage many more businesses to join in and sign up too.
“There’s already lots of great work going in the borough with many people in the community working to help reduce single-use plastic.
“The Council will play its part by reviewing all the materials and products we use and to help cutting out single-use plastic wherever possible.”
Refill Regional Coordinator, James Watt, explains why they’re supporting Refill Telford: ““We’re so excited that Telford is joining the Refill movement and making a real difference by reducing reliance on single-use plastics.
“Every time we refill a re-usable bottle we save our own money and the planet’s resources, and all those individual refills add up to a huge impact. It’s great to see so many local businesses supporting Refill Telford by signing up to provide free refills.”
So far, free Refills can be found at these Council buildings:
Newport swimming pool
Café Go in Addenbrooke House
Café at Telford Town Park
Horsehay Golf and Leisure Centre
Costa at Southwater One
If any business is interested in signing up as a Refill Station, they can find details here: www.refill.org.uk
Did you know?
Local Water Company is Severn Trent Water.
Refill is one of several campaigns from City to Sea, the not-for-profit organisation running campaigns to prevent marine plastic pollution.
Refill launched in Bristol in 2015, and there are now over 16,000 Refill Stations around the UK registered on the free Refill app which shows you where you can refill your water bottle for free.
A Press Pack with logos and images is available at http://bit.ly/RefillMediaPack
Water UK is supporting the national roll-out of the Refill Scheme, alongside local water companies, with the aim of having tens of thousands of Refill Stations in every major city and town in England by 2021.
Water UK is a membership organisation which represents and works with the major water and wastewater service providers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Water UK brings people together to create better policies for the future of water. Water UK Communications can be contacted on: 0207 344 1805.