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Refill Lancing set to launch

Released: Monday, 07 October 2019

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Lancing is the latest location to join a national water refill scheme which aims to cut down on plastic pollution in our communities.

Refill Lancing will go live tomorrow (Tuesday, 8th October 2019) at Lancing Parish Hall in South Street with members of the public encouraged to come along between 5pm and 8:30pm for talks, information stalls and a film showing.

More than 25 local businesses and community organisations have already signed up to the community-led scheme, which sees them offer water stations to allow the public to top up reusable containers on the go rather than buying single use bottles.

It has been organised by the community group Keep Lancing Lovely and Lancing Parish Council, with support by Adur District Council, which is developing its Plastic Free Strategy.

Southern Water, West Sussex County Council's waste team and Surfers Against Sewage, as well as local community groups World of Widewater and Sustainable Sussex, will be among those at the event.

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Environment, said:

“I'm delighted to see Lancing join the Refill revolution which forms part of our wider SustainableAW programme. This excellent community-led scheme shows that residents, businesses and organisations in our area are serious about uniting to reduce their plastic waste.”

“It's great to see so much support for this initiative already within the village. I urge as many people as possible to support the event and play their part in cutting down pollution in our communities.”

Refill is an award-winning national campaign designed to help reduce plastic pollution by making it easy for people to refill reusable water bottles instead of buying a plastic one.

The Refill app now shows people where all the Refill stations are in Lancing and allows new venue owners to join in by placing their own premises on the map.

Wendy Peters, of Keep Lancing Lovely, said:

“Lancing's Beach Green and Widewater Lagoon are often busy with people pursuing all forms of leisure activities, from bird watching to jogging and cycling. The scheme will help to reduce the usage of plastic and so prevent plastic from entering our seas from our beaches.”

Cllr Lydia Pope, Chairman of Lancing Parish Council, has expressed her delight at the launch of Refill Lancing given that it strikes a chord with the message of sustainability and the reduction of single-use plastic, which are part of the aims in its Declaration of a Climate Emergency.

Refill forms a small part of Adur & Worthing Councils' SustainableAW programme. Aims include becoming a Plastic Free Council and working across the Councils and with the local community to try to eliminate the use of single use plastics.

It includes supporting similar Refill schemes in Shoreham and Worthing.

To find out more about Refill Lancing, download the app to find out where the nearest water refill station or visit the Lancing Refill Facebook page.

Photo: Keep Lancing Lovely members Andy Brook and Hayley McInnes outside Gardner and Scardifield timber shop ahead of the Lancing Refill launch

PR19-142 - Keep Lancing Lovely members Andy Brook and Hayley McInnes outside Gardner and Scardifield timber shop

Photo: Natalie Wareham and Natalie Ellis, of DeliBean Cafe, who have signed up the Lancing Refill scheme

PR19-142 - Natalie Wareham and Natalie Ellis, of DeliBean Cafe, who have signed up the Lancing Refill scheme

Photo: Steven Bennett outside the Stanley Ale House, which has signed up to  the Lancing Refill scheme

PR19-142 - Steven Bennett outside the Stanley Ale House, which has signed up to  the Lancing Refill scheme

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