Refill Hertfordshire is on a mission to make refilling your water bottle easy, convenient and free, by introducing Refill Stations in as many places as possible.
The new scheme is being rolled out throughout Dacorum and all surrounding boroughs in Hertfordshire.
It encourages cafes, bars, restaurants and any other public-facing business with a tap to register themselves as a Refill Station on the Refill app and put a sticker in their window alerting passers-by to the fact that they’re welcome to fill up their bottles free of charge.
Cllr Alan Anderson, Dacorum Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, says: “In the UK 13 billion single-use plastic bottles are used each year – this includes all fizzy drinks, milk and toiletry bottles. A staggering 60 per cent of these are water bottles – that’s 7.7 billion bottles that could be easily avoided, if only we were refilling our reusable water bottles instead of buying single-use ones.”
Cllr Anderson added: “We’re all well aware of the problems that single-use plastic pollution is causing in our oceans, as well as being littered in our countryside. Refill Hertfordshire gives us all the opportunity to help make this type of litter a thing of the past, at the same time as saving money. It’s good business sense as well, as customers view businesses that provide free water refills more favourably and are more likely to return to them to make future purchases.”
Make sure that before you leave your house you remember your reusables, so that you can easily refill your water bottle on the go.
It’s estimated that nationally the Refill scheme will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year, as well as substantially increasing the availability of high-quality drinking water.
There are approximately 300 Refill Stations registered throughout Hertfordshire and more than 100 of these are right here in Dacorum. We want to sign up as many as possible – so if you have a tap that could become a Refill Station, please get in touch or register yourself on the app or via the Refill website.
Refill Hertfordshire builds on the success of Refill around the UK, which now boasts a network of more than 20,000 Refill Stations. This award-winning campaign was launched by the not-for-profit organisation City to Sea in 2015 and is now being rolled out nationwide with support from Water UK and local water companies, such as Affinity Water in Hertfordshire.
Find out more about how you can help reduce your plastic use further on Dacorum Borough Council’s Resusables page. You can also visit the Refill website to download the free Refill app, register as a Refill Station and find out more about the Refill movement.