Affinity Water volunteers were out and about in St Albans on Friday, 14 June spreading the word about the award-winning Refill campaign to recruit more Refill Stations. They signed up the George Street Canteen at 9A George Street as the latest Refill Station in the City.
The UK public are 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, everywhere knows how easy it is to find free drinking water on the go.
Residents of St Albans 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.
Julie Lee at the George Street Canteen said: “As a local business serving St Albans, we are delighted to become a Refill Station and join this worthwhile campaign to reduce single use plastic by providing a convenient point near the Cathedral for visitors to top up their water bottles for free.”
Nigel Beaven, Head of External Communications at Affinity Water said: “We are very supportive of the Refill campaign to reduce the use of single use plastic water bottles.
“This country enjoys some of the best drinking water in the world and with a host of businesses in St Albans and countrywide offering tap water for free to visitors, there has never been a better time to carry and use a re-usable bottle and benefit both the environment and save money on buying bottled water.”
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. Sadly, 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, 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 like Starbucks, Costa and Wetherspoons. As part of the activity for National Refill Day it’s been revealed that Greggs, Sweaty Betty and Park Dean Holiday Resorts have recently pledged their support and are now listed on the free Refill app.
Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation behind the Refill campaign, 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.”
For more information on the Refill campaign, please visit: https://refill.org.uk/
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