Hull residents save 100,000 plastic bottles by using drinking fountains

Yorkshire Water has thanked the residents of Hull after it revealed that using the three drinking fountains in the city has saved 100,000 plastic bottles from going into circulation.

The fountains - which can be found in King Edwards Square, Queens Gardens and the Marina - were launched in September 2017 as part of the company’s commitment to Hull UK City of Culture.

The installations have helped to drive Yorkshire Water’s Yorkshire on Tap campaign, which was introduced last year to combat the use of single-use plastics across the region.

On National Refill Day a survey from City to Sea survey has found that 85% of the public are concerned about the amount of plastic pollution, this is despite millions of plastic bottles being bought across the county each year, with many ending up in landfill and damaging the environment. The reason for use of plastics isn’t down to taste either, with a recent Yorkshire Water poll revealing that 70% prefer tap water.

Numerous Refill schemes have now been set-up in Yorkshire encouraging retailers to open their doors and let customers refill their water bottles for free.

Duncan Macintyre from Yorkshire Water said: “When we launched the drinking fountains in 2017, little did we realise the impact that they would have following various high-profile endorsements to end single use plastic. These are our most important contribution since the city of culture and we are really pleased that Hull residents have adopted them and are coming out in their thousands to fill up their bottles with the good stuff.”

Charlotte Hawkins from Refill said: “Refill Hull, coordinated by representatives of The Deep, is starting to take off in time for National Refill Day. Being the City of Culture, Hull has been an important city to add to the Refill map and we are excited to have an official scheme running. The number of Refill Stations in Hull was given a massive boost last year, following an action day with City of Culture and Yorkshire Water volunteers – an incredible 127 new Refill stations were added in a few hours!

“The water fountains which Yorkshire Water installed in the city centre are an asset to the city and will go along way to helping reduce the number of single-use bottles entering the waste stream, and ultimately the rivers and seas.”

Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “These water fountains have been a fantastic addition to our city centre, offering not only fresh drinking water, but helping to reduce litter from discarded bottles as well as promoting a free and healthy option for visitors to the city.

“We hope to see more businesses sign up to the refill app and join the ones that are already providing free drinking water across the city centre.”