‘Yorkshire on Tap’ campaign to cut plastic bottle use

Visitors to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s popular visitor centres can now enjoy free refills of Yorkshire Water after the Trust became the latest organisation to sign up to the ‘Yorkshire on Tap’ campaign, which aims to protect the environment from plastic pollution by reducing the use of plastic bottles.

Yorkshire Water launched the ‘Yorkshire on Tap’ campaign in partnership with Refill Yorkshire in May 2018 to encourage local businesses to sign up to become free water refill stations in a bid to move consumers away from single use plastics.

Participating shops and businesses will have stickers in their windows showing people they are offering Yorkshire Water on tap. All the public have to do is go into the shop and ask to get the country’s best water for free.

More than 75,000 people a year visit Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s visitor centres, which are:

  • The Living Seas Centre, South Landing, Flamborough.

  • Potteric Carr nature reserve, Doncaster.

  • Spurn Discovery Centre, Spurn Point, Kilnsea.

Sam Twyman from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is proud to back the ‘Yorkshire on Tap’ campaign. We work to provide pathways to enable local residents to help their local environment, so we are delighted to be invited on board this campaign by Yorkshire Water. We can be part of the movement towards sustainability, supporting wildlife and natural spaces for everyone to enjoy for years to come.”

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 the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will join us and hopefully we can make a real difference.”

The free Refill App is available to download on all App stores allowing businesses to add themselves to help the public to find their nearest water station.