CAMBRIDGE City Council is marking National Refill Day by backing a scheme that allows people to refill drinking water bottles for free at a growing number of locations around Cambridge.
By doing so people can help tackle the global environmental issue of pollution caused by single-use plastic drinks bottles.
Cambridge features on the free nationwide ‘Refill’ app, which currently shows 101 locations in the city where people can fill up water bottles for free. These include refill stations at Cambridge’s city centre market and the park kiosks at Christ’s Pieces, Jesus Green, Lammas Land and Parker’s Piece.
The council has recently installed a new public water fountain and bottle fill station as a trial initiative on Parker’s Piece, as part of its commitment to supporting the Refill scheme.
For National Refill Day on Wednesday the Refill organisation, along with Cambridge Water, is hosting a stand on Parker’s Piece near the new water fountain, and handing out refillable water bottles to anyone who has downloaded the Refill app.
Any business or organisation can sign up to join the Refill scheme. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums or other businesses can sign up as a refill location via the Refill website or app.
People can download the free Refill app, which shows all the refill points in Cambridge on an interactive map, from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Refill is a national campaign that aims to make refilling bottles as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street. The council’s support forms part of the council’s work to tackle waste, reduce carbon emissions and address climate change – and help fulfil its recently declared climate emergency.
National Refill Day on Wednesday 19 June is a national event encouraging people to refill on the go to save money, keep hydrated and reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles used in the UK.
As part of the day’s activities people are being encouraged to share photos of themselves with their reusable bottles to help prevent plastic pollution, by using the hashtag #GotTheBottle.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre, said: “This is an innovative scheme which is ultimately aimed at reducing the amount of plastic used in Cambridge and nationwide. Our support forms part of our ongoing work to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the effects of climate change.
“Every time someone refills a reusable bottle, it means that one less plastic bottle is purchased. If just one in ten people in the UK refilled once a week rather than buying a drink in a plastic bottle, there could be 340 million less plastic bottles in circulation.
“I would encourage any local business or organisation to play a part and sign up for Refill, and for residents to support those who participate.”
Businesses or organisations wishing to join up with the scheme can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.