Public urged to switch to reusable water bottles as concerns about plastic pollution increase

Yorkshire Water is urging people to ditch single use plastic water bottles and switch to a reusable water bottle as part of a national day of action to cut plastic pollution on Thursday 27th September.

The first ever National Refill Day comes to Yorkshire, where already over 700 businesses have already signed up to the scheme, with a total of 12,000 involved nationwide.

Over 150 volunteers will hit the streets of Hull today, the home of three drinking fountains installed by Yorkshire Water, encouraging even more of the city’s businesses to pledge to offer free water refills.

Duncan Macintyre, Campaigns Advisor at Yorkshire Water, said: “Every business in the region can make a difference, sign up as a refill station and get more customers through their door. Coinciding with the launch of the new Refill app, we are supporting the day of action by getting out on the streets of Hull talking to businesses and hope to add another 300 refill stations, with a bigger aim to double the total amount of stations to 1,200 by next year. Remember, everyone can get behind this by asking their local cafe to become a refill station!”

As leading advocates in the region on plastic reduction, Yorkshire Water’s ‘Yorkshire on Tap’ campaign has led to 45 roadshow events to help grow the anti-plastics movement.

A survey, commissioned by City to Sea, shows that 85% of the public are worried about the impact of plastic pollution in the environment, and indicates that more people than ever are switching to reusable bottle instead of buying bottles of water in shops.

In the UK 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are used each year, with the average person in the UK now using 150 plastic water bottles every year – that’s more than 3 a week. Many are discarded, and end up polluting rivers and seas.

The Refill campaign works by connecting people who are looking for water with thousands of local business, transport hubs and public spaces using a free app. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle, even without a purchase.

For more information about this campaign and to download rthe Refill app, head to our Yorkshire on Tap webpage.