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Bradford Council support Yorkshire Water plastic reduction campaign

Bradford Council has given its support to Yorkshire Water’s Yorkshire on Tap campaign to remove one million plastic bottles from circulation.

Millions of single-use plastic bottles are bought across the county each year with many causing untold damage on the environment.

Yorkshire Water is already working with colleagues and local councils to remove plastic bottles from the workplace.

Under the Yorkshire on Tap banner it has also introduced Refill Yorkshire. This allows local shops the opportunity to add themselves as free water stations in a bid to move consumers away from disposable plastics in favour of free Yorkshire Water refills.

A free Refill App is available to download on all app stores allowing businesses to add themselves and allow the public to find their nearest water station. The firm has seen a leap of over 700 new stations over the past few months.

And now, Bradford Council has joined the plastics-free revolution signing up its sites as Refill stations, which means people can refill their water bottles for free at all its sports and leisure centres.

Representatives from Yorkshire Water also visited Bradford Council offices to hand out over 700 free Yorkshire on Tap bottles and encourage staff to sign up new Refill points.

Director of Communications at Yorkshire Water, Richard Emmott, said: “We have all seen the devastating effects plastic bottles can have on the environment. Yorkshire on Tap is our commitment to change that.

“Reducing the number of plastic bottles by one million is certainly a challenge, but we have had great support from the public and local businesses.

“We are thrilled that Bradford Council will join us and hopefully we can make a real difference.”

Shops and organisations which have signed up, will have stickers in their windows showing people they are offering Yorkshire Water on tap. All you have to do is go into the shop and ask to get the country’s best water for free.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Anything we can do to reduce plastic pollution is worthwhile and this scheme seems to be a great way for the Council to show its commitment to improving the environment.

“Providing water for bottle refills at Council leisure centres and swimming pools will go a long way to helping Yorkshire Water’s Yorkshire on Tap campaign to achieve its target of a major reduction in the number of plastic bottles which need to be disposed of.

“We are always looking at opportunities to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and this scheme certainly fits the bill.”

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