National Refill Day took place on June 19th, where Weymouth’s shoppers and retailers alike were urged to show that they have ‘got the bottle’ to prevent plastic pollution.
The National Refill Scheme is a rapidly growing campaign that aims to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics by making it easier to reuse and refill your water bottle while on the go. The campaign connects people who are looking for water with thousands of local businesses, transport hubs and public spaces where they can refill for free via a location-based app. The Refill app has been downloaded over 120,000 times and there are now over 20,000 Refill Stations in the UK, including Starbucks, Costa, Wetherspoons, Premier Inn and Network Rail. Greggs and Parkdean Holidays are among the chains that have recently joined the scheme.
Weymouth businesses can join the cause and help reduce single-use plastics by signing up to become a Refill Station on the Refill website. While Weymouth’s visitors and residents are being asked to join in by switching from a single-use plastic bottle to a reusable plastic bottle and downloading the free Refill app to keep hydrated while on the go!
A county-wide Refill scheme already exists and is ran by Litter Free Coast and Sea. After noticing the popularity of the Refill scheme in Bristol, Litter Free Coast and Sea brought the scheme to Dorset to reach businesses and help to better protect Dorset’s shores.
Refill Dorset are continually adding new Refill stations onboard and getting involved in some amazing community projects.