National Refill Day 2019
17 June 2019As part of the award-winning Refill campaign, the UK is being urged take part in National Refill Day on June 19, in a bid to prevent plastic pollution caused by single-use plastic water bottles. The goal of National Refill Day is to normalise refilling and make sure everyone, knows how easy it is to find free drinking water on the go.
Residents of west Cheshire are being asked to join in by switching from a single-use plastic bottle to a reusable bottle, downloading the free Refill app and sharing their commitment on social media by telling the world they’ve #GotTheBottle to prevent plastic pollution.
Refill Chester now has over 35 Refill Stations with many more in Northwich, Winsford and at Cheshire Oaks. It is estimated that the Refill campaign will have stopped over 100 million single-use bottles from becoming waste by the end of 2019.
In a survey commissioned by City to Sea, 85 per cent of the public said they are worried about the impact of plastic pollution in the environment. Despite the public wanting to take action on plastic pollution, sales of bottled water continue to grow.
According to the Environmental Audit Committee consumption of bottled water has doubled over the last 15 years, with over 7 billion plastic water bottles used each year in the UK. Many of these end up in our environment with a predicted 700,000 plastic bottles littered every single day in the UK.
The Refill campaign, which was set up by not-for-profit City to Sea, it works by connecting people who are looking for water, with thousands of local business, transport hubs and public spaces where they can refill for free via a location-based app. The number of Refill points listed on the app in the UK has just passed 20,000, including train stations, airports and high street chains.
Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader of Council and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We are committed to playing our part in reducing the plastic waste by phasing out the use of single-use plastics.
“National Refill Day is a great opportunity for people to get involved in the battle against single use plastic. National Refill Day was launched for the first time in 2018 to encourage people to switch from single-use plastic water bottles to a reusable bottle and to refill on the go using the free Refill app.
“Our country enjoys some of the best drinking water in the world, local retailers like Pret, Starbucks, Costa, Greggs, Wetherspoons, John Lewis and Morrisons are offering refill stations. The Council is also considering locations that could be used for public drinking water taps.”
Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, said: “It’s been incredible to watch the Refill campaign flourish over the past few years. National Refill Day is something that everyone can get onboard with and has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary single-use plastic we use when we’re out and about. People want to help prevent plastic pollution, and Refill puts the power to do that in their hands.”
Earlier this year water companies outlined plans to prevent the equivalent of four billion plastic bottles ending up as waste by 2030 as part of their Public Interest Commitment.