Image demonstrating Northumberland County Council pledges support for water Refill campaign

Northumberland County Council pledges support for water Refill campaign

Northumberland County Council is joining the refill revolution by backing an exciting environmental campaign which aims to help reduce the number of plastic bottles ending up in landfill or the ocean.

To mark the first National Refill Day (Thursday 27 September) which encourages people to switch from a plastic to a reusable bottle, the authority has announced that it is joining the Refill scheme and intends to open up many of its council premises as water refill stations over the coming weeks.

Leader of Northumberland County Council, Councillor Peter Jackson said: “Plastic pollution and the devastating impact it has on our environment, sea and marine life is very much in the headlines, and we’re keen to do our bit.

“There is still a long way to go to get people into the habit of refilling water bottles, but behaviour is beginning to change and we want to, and have a responsibility to support this. 

“Any support helps and the council is delighted to be joining other businesses who are backing this campaign.

”Refill aims to develop a national network of high street retailers, coffee shops, businesses and local authorities offering water refill stations for the public to top up their reusable water bottles for free.

People can use an app on their phone to find out where their nearest refill point is, or look out for special signs in shop windows that alert passers-by to the fact they're welcome to come in and fill up.

Refill, was set up by Bristol - based not for profit organisation City To Sea, to reduce the reliance upon single-use plastic bottles. It has captured the national interest and is now being introduced by organisations right across the country. It is also being backed by the water industry and is being driven locally by Northumbrian Water.

Over the coming weeks Northumberland County Council will be opening up a number of its offices as refill stations, starting today with County Hall in Morpeth.

It is estimated that Britons spend about £1.5 billion on bottled water each year and the average adult now buys more than three plastic water bottles every week.

According to Refill, if just one in ten people in Britain refilled just once a week from any of the 12,000 Refill Stations available nationally, instead of buying a plastic bottle, we’d save around 340 million plastic bottles a year.

Debbie Mitchell, Marketing Brand Strategy Manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “The support of organisations such as Northumberland County Council will help drive the success of Refill across the North East, so this is fantastic news. This is an initiative that needs support from individuals, who will take their refillable water bottles out and about with them, and the backing of businesses and organisations of all sizes, to create a network that makes topping up on the go so easy that it’s impossible to ignore.
“Plastic pollution and the blight of single-use plastic bottles is something that we can make a real dent in, by each of us making this one simple lifestyle change. By embracing Refill, we can create a lasting benefit for our environment, so I’d urge everyone to download the Refill app now and start making a difference.”
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