Caldicot Town Team are proud to have recently partnered with Refill Wales, which aims to promote the use of safe drinking water refill stations, help combat the use of single use plastic bottles and promote the benefits of drinking water,
Refill Caldicot is on a mission to make refilling your water bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible, by introducing Refill Stations on every street.
An exciting Refill Scheme is being launched in Caldicot which encourages participating cafes, bars, restaurants and other businesses to sign up to the free Refill app and put a sticker in their window alerting passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to fill up their bottle for free.
The average adult buys more than 3 plastic water bottles every week* – a startling 175 bottles every year per person. In total, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste ending up in our oceans.
City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation headed by entrepreneur Natalie Fee, launched the award-winning Refill Scheme in 2015. Now being rolled out nationwide with full support of Welsh Government and water companies Dŵr Cymru and Hafren Dyfrdwy, Refill will substantially increase the availability of high quality drinking water. It has never been easier to swap a single use plastic bottle for a free taste of the rolling Welsh mountains.
Local Champions Aaron Reeks and Cathy Edwards from Caldicot Town Team, who are launching Refill Caldicot, explains why both businesses and their customers should get involved:
“Here in Caldicot we’re rightly proud of the area’s stunning landscapes/Countryside/Parks and Coastal paths. Plastics, including single-use plastic bottles, are now the most frequently found type of litter on UK beaches and you don’t have to look far to find them littering our towns and green spaces too.”
Aaron Reeks added, “Refill Caldicot 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.”
Refill Caldicot builds on the success of Refill around the UK, which now boasts a network of over 13,000 Refill Stations.
Lesley Griffiths, Environment Minister, explains why the Welsh Government are supporting Refill Caldicot:
“Making drinking water more available through the Refill Scheme is a really simple way to cut down on single-use plastics and is much better for the environment. I want Wales to be the world’s first ‘Refill Nation.’, so it’s really good to see Caldicot joining the scheme.”
Caldicot Town Team will be following up with an official launch event in the spring, so keep an eye out for refill stickers popping up in shop windows as well as looking at new locations for permanent outdoor water fountains.