Refill Worthing goes live
Released: Friday, 17 August 2018
A major campaign to get Worthing to break its disposable plastic habit has been launched with councillors, activists and residents backing the bid.
As part of a movement to help people cut-back on single-use plastic, Refill Worthing aims to encourage residents to top-up existing bottles at publicly-available water stations around the town.
Worthing Borough Council is among the first to back the campaign and lead councillors were among those present as it was officially launched at St Paul's cafe in Chapel Road this week (15th August 2018).
Nearly 100 people attended the event, which brought together residents, activists and businesses under one banner.
Those present heard that so far more than 40 water Refill stations have been available in Worthing - with more locations being added every day.
The next step is for businesses across the town to back the idea, with the ultimate aim being a reduction in the amount of plastic bottles which are used in the town.
Councillor Dan Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:
“Worthing has an excellent track record when it comes to looking after our environmental resources with residents, authorities and businesses taking pride in keeping our special countryside and coasts clean and litter-free.”
“Worthing Refill builds on this great work. It is a simple idea but one that could have massive results which is why I am so keen that we as a council publicly support it in any way we can.”
“I hope that others will now follow our lead and make their water points open to the public. By working together, we can help meet the government's target of eliminating avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042.”
Worthing Climate Action Network is leading Refill Worthing, supported by Worthing Borough Council, Transition Town Worthing, West Sussex County Council and Southern Water.
Representatives from all of the organisations were at the launch event. It also featured speeches from renowned environmental experts Atlanta Cook (Surfers Against Sewage) and Cat Fletcher (Freegle UK, Brighton Waste House), as well as stalls, workshops about plastics reduction and a prize draw to win a refillable bottle.
Those at the event were also encouraged to sign up to the Refill app, which shows people where the current stations are in the town and allows new venue owners to join in by placing their own places on the map.
Michelle Furtado, of Worthing Climate Action network, said:
“This scheme is an excellent way for people to start reducing their use of single-use plastics whilst keeping our communities properly hydrated during this scorching summer.”
“We now have over 40 trailblazing Refill stations signed up to support the scheme and this is growing all the time. I'm looking forward to using this scheme as a platform for discussion and action to help people break their plastic habit. Together, Worthing can make a real difference in reducing plastic waste.”
For further information, or to sign up as a Refill Station, email AdurWorthingRefill@gmail.com
The Refill campaign was set up nationally by City to Sea.
Water UK is supporting the national roll-out of the Refill Scheme, alongside local water companies, with the aim of having tens of thousands of Refill Stations in every major city and town in England by 2021.
Water UK Chief Executive Michael Roberts:
“As an industry with a strong focus on the environment we are passionate about tackling the problems caused by plastic bottles, which clog up rivers and drains, and pollute our seas. By refilling water bottles, we can all help turn this harmful tide of plastic waste. This country has some of the best drinking water in the world and we want everyone to benefit from it. This scheme will do that by making it easier for people to refill their bottles wherever they work, rest, shop or play.”
Photo: Refill Worthing launched this week at St Pauls cafe
Photo: Nearly a 100 people attended the launch of Refill Worthing this week
Photo: Michelle Furtado, of Worthing Climate Action network, with Cllr Dan Humphreys, Worthing BC leader
Photo: Worthing Borough Council leader Dan Humphreys at the launch of Refill Worthing
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