Buckinghamshire County Council is joining the national call to reduce plastic waste and pollution by supporting National Refill Day on Wednesday 19th June 2019.
Single use plastic bottles are a massive cause of plastic waste and pollution, with an estimated 7.7 billion plastic water bottles used each year in the UK. ‘National Refill Day’ aims to tackle this problem.
However National Refill Day isn’t just for one day as people can use the day to make the switch permanently to using a refillable bottle for their water on the go.
As well as a call to action on using reusable bottles, Refill Day is part of the wider Refill campaign, which seeks to make tap water available in more places so that when you’re out and about. It’s always easy to refill your bottle for free.
Buckinghamshire already has about 100 Refill Stations and the best way to find one that’s convenient for you is to download the Refill app to your mobile phone. Participating premises will also display a Refill window sticker.
But it isn’t only businesses that are joining the Refill revolution. Beaconsfield is soon to install a new public water fountain after the project – championed by the Women’s Institute and the ‘Plastic Free Beaconsfield’ campaign – won the Beaconsfield Decides local funding ballot.
The County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment Clive Harriss said: ‘It’s really important that we all recycle our waste plastic properly, taking care that it doesn’t contaminate the environment.
But it’s better still if we avoid creating plastic waste in the first place – and using a refillable water bottle is an excellent way of doing this.
The UK has some of the best quality tap water in the world, so why not seize the moment and do your bit to reduce plastic waste by switching to a refillable water bottle?‘
Further information on Nation Refill Day can be found the refill.org.uk website.