26 September 2018
Tomorrow, a new local group of a national campaign encouraging the public to reduce their usage of plastic bottles will be launched.
Refill Bradford District are encouraging people to ditch disposable plastic water bottles and refill with tap water at local businesses.
They also want local bars, cafes and shops to sign up as “Refill stations” – places where members of public can fill up their water bottles using tap water free of charge.
This coincides with the first ever National Refill Day. Refill and are asking the public here in Bradford District if they’ve got the bottle to play their part in reducing plastic pollution by switching from a plastic water bottle to a reusable one and Refilling on the go using the free Refill App.
Hawarun Hussain, from Shipley Green Party and local environmental campaigner has set up the group with the aim of helping local people ditch disposable plastic and move to reusable options.
Hawarun has said: “This is a win-win arrangement for businesses and the public. People can bring their reusable water bottles and fill up for free using tap water in local businesses with having to buy a disposable plastic bottle of water.
“Businesses benefit from increased footfall and more sales. People check their smartphone app to find nearby venues. Research has shown that when a business provide free water people are more likely to make a purchase.
“There are currently around 40 venues across the whole of Bradford District that have signed up and we want to increase that to over 250 by the end of the year.”
One of the first business to sign up as part of the new group is Tambourine Coffee in Saltaire. Business owner Chris Large has said: “I think it is a great idea and a good opportunity for small business like Tambourine to play our part in reducing plastic waste.” Plastic waste is regarded as being one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.
According to research by Refill, One Million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. In the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them—meaning nearly half (44%) are not put in the recycling.
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