Put your tapon the map to cut plastic litter

Northumberland businsses are being urged to sign up to the Refill scheme to help reduce the amount of plastic bottles ending up on beaches and in the sea.

Friday, 22nd February 2019, 12:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th February 2019, 11:16 am
Businesses are being encouraged to sign up to the Refill scheme to help reduce plastic litter.

Refill is an award-winning campaign which aims to prevent millions of plastic bottles ending up in the environment by making it easier to fill up a reusable bottle with tap water.

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership is launching a new campaign to get businesses on the coast to sign up to the scheme, which will tell visitors were they can get their water bottles up refilled.

Kate Sutherland, who runs the Stableyard at Craster. Picture by Iain Robson

Iain Robson, from the AONB Partnership, said: “We know that most of our businesses on the coast are only too happy to fill up water bottles with tap water for visitors, but there are only three businesses in the AONB registered on the Refill app currently.

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“This scheme gives people confidence that they won’t be turned away from somewhere or cause upset when they ask for their bottles to be refilled.”

Charlotte Hawkins, from the Refill campaign, said: “It has become a social norm to drink bottled water when we’re on the go, even though we have some of the safest tap water in the world.

“In the UK alone, we consume 13billion plastic bottles a year. Many of these bottles are disposed of properly and recycled but some inevitably end up in the sea and on the beach.

“Refill aims to make it easier for people to fill up their water bottles when they’re out by telling them which businesses near to them will do this.”

Kate Sutherland, who runs the Stableyard at Craster and is one of the businesses already on the Refill app, said: “As a business in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we know that a clean environment is one of the main reasons people come to the Northumberland coast and we want to do as much as we can to help keep it that way.”

For more information visit www.refill.org.uk and register on the website.