Businesses offering free water refills to cut down plastic bottles

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 February 2018

Millions of plastic bottles are used in North Somerset every year. Picture: North Somerset Council

Millions of plastic bottles are used in North Somerset every year. Picture: North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council

Businesses all over Portishead are providing places to fill containers with water – which will help to cut down the number of plastic bottles in circulation.

Our Cleaner Coastlines campaign launches this week.Our Cleaner Coastlines campaign launches this week.

The Times is running its Cleaner Coastlines campaign to reduce the number of single-use plastics being thrown away in the district every year.

Although plastic bottles are recyclable, it is estimated just 57 per cent in the UK are.

In North Somerset, 44 million plastic bottles are collected at the kerb every year, but if the district follows the UK’s trend, then 33 million are ending up in landfill, and our rivers and beaches.

Portishead businesses are letting people fill up containers with water for free, rather than buying bottled water.

Millions of plastic bottles are used in North Somerset every year. Picture: North Somerset CouncilMillions of plastic bottles are used in North Somerset every year. Picture: North Somerset Council

It is an extension of the Refill project, which started in Bristol.

Heaven On The Hill, a café based in Avon Way, has been signed up by owners Sam Cox and Vicki John.

Sam said: “I think offering free water should be mandatory.

“We try not to use plastic where possible. All our takeaway packaging is cardboard, and the only thing we have to sort out is our plastic straws, which we don’t use many of anyway.”

MORE: Five ways YOUR business can help our Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

Portishead pubs signed up include The Ship, The Royal Inn, Hall & Woodhouse, and The Posset Cup. Playzone Of Portishead is also offering water.

Turn The Tide Portishead, made up of volunteers trying to reduce plastic pollution in the town, is able to fast-track the process for any business which wants to sign up.

Clevedon businesses Teatro Lounge and Price & Driscoll Hair are also involved.

Michael Roberts, chief executive of water regulator Water UK, said: “By refilling water bottles, we can all help turn this harmful tide of plastic waste.

“This country has some of the best drinking water in the world and we want everyone to benefit from it.”

Customers will also save money, as a half-litre bottle of water costs around 30p in shops, compared to a twelfth of a penny for the equivalent of tap water.

To find your nearest Refill point, simply download the app.

Is your business offering a refill station or cutting down single-use plastics such as straws, stirrers and cutlery? Email sarah.robinson@archant.co.uk to be added to a list of plastic-free business heroes.

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