Save the world one bottle at a time on national refill day

Businesses who sign up to the Refill Suffolk scheme will display a sticker Picture: RUBBISHWALKS

Businesses who sign up to the Refill Suffolk scheme will display a sticker Picture: RUBBISHWALKS - Credit: Archant

In the latest bid to tackle plastic waste, today has been hailed as national refill day.

Jason Alexander who has launched Refill Suffolk Picture: RUBBISHWALKS

Jason Alexander who has launched Refill Suffolk Picture: RUBBISHWALKS - Credit: Archant

Water drinkers are encouraged to take advantage of the new wave of refill stations springing up across Suffolk to top up their refillable bottles rather than simply buying another disposable one.

As well as the water stations, you can now refill at many restaurants, shops, pubs and hotels as more and more sign up to the the Refill Suffolk programme, coordinated by Jason Alexander.

There are businesses across Ipswich, Lowestoft, Woodbridge and Felixstowe as well as other parts of Suffolk that have pledged to help customers fight plastic waste by offering free tap water.

Speaking on national refill day, Jason said: “It is raising awareness around single use plastics.”

Jason Alexander and Sharon Wolff, co-owner of The Tea Hut in Woodbridge Picture: RUBBISHWALKS.CO.UK

Jason Alexander and Sharon Wolff, co-owner of The Tea Hut in Woodbridge Picture: RUBBISHWALKS.CO.UK - Credit: Archant


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He continued: “You pick up your wallet and your keys before leaving the house without having to think about it, we want you to pick up a reusable bottle with that same mind set.

“It’s a lazy thing, choosing the most convenient way to do things. But we must remember actions have consequences, pollution is part of every day life now, we are all aware of the consequences, there shouldn’t be an excuse.”

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The Refill scheme has a handy App which shows where you can find water stations so you can fill up your reusable bottle free of charge. The businesses taking part can also be identified through a refill sticker being displayed in the window.

Businesses participating in the Suffolk scheme include Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Premier Inn and Bills restaurant, amongst other independent businesses.

Jason added that the scheme had been “overwhelmed since its launch”.

If you would like to take part in the scheme you can download the App, or keep an eye out for the refill stickers in business windows.

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