TAMESIDE’S new Refill Scheme makes it easier to stay hydrated and healthy on the go – and cuts plastic waste
Remember the long, scorching summer of last year? Wouldn’t it be convenient if while you were out and about in the hot, dusty town centre, you could pop into a shop and refill your water bottle with fresh, cold water for free?
That’s exactly what a national campaign called Refill has organised in Tameside, working with local businesses, the Tameside Food Partnership and the Council.
From the launch of Refill in Tameside on 5th June, almost 40 local businesses will be offering the free water refills – and there are more in the pipeline. You can spot a Refill Station by the blue Refill sticker in the windows of participating businesses.
There’s a free Refill app for people to download, which makes it easy to tap into the network of 16,000 Refill Stations already established nationwide. And you can tap the app to see how much plastic you’re saving every time you top up.
The businesses already signed up to offer the Refill service in Tameside from 5th June include
Infinity Initiatives in Ashton, Dunelm Mill Pausa Shop Café in Audenshaw, Sandra D’s in Denton, Rioba Café in Droylsden, Gracie’s in Hyde, Emmaus Mossley, and Food 2 Go in Stalybridge.
Cllr Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Health, Social Care and Population Health, said:
“Thanks to the Refill campaign you can save money on expensive bottled water. You can get the convenience of being able to refill your bottle for free while you’re out of your home or your workplace. And Refill makes it easier to stay healthy by rehydrating properly.
“You also help the environment by cutting down on waste plastic and reducing our carbon footprint. In the long run, by helping the move towards a greener future, you’re also helping save council taxpayers’ money on waste disposal.
“On a personal note, when I’m out with my 20 month old daughter, I have had to buy water in a plastic bottle to refill her cup. I think this campaign will impact many people within our local community with its convenience.”
Cllr Wills concluded, “Surveys show that the British public wants schemes like this: 73% of us are concerned about plastic pollution, and 64% of people surveyed said they’d stop buying bottled water if they could access tap water refills.”
Find out more about Refill Tameside and how you can take part at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/refill-scheme Visit the Refill website at www.refill.org.uk to download the free Refill app and find out more about the Refill movement.
Full list of Refill Stations in Tameside at time of launch, 5th June 2019
- Bridge View Café (Portland Basin Café)
- Hill Street Café
- Infinity Initiatives
- Market Ground’s Coffee Bar
- Nat’s Bombay Kitchen
- Notcutts Garden Centre
- Tameside One, Joint Public Service Centre
- The Station Hotel
- Tarp’s Filipino Fusion Street Food
- Topaz Cafe
- Dunelm Mill Pausa Shop Café
- Queenies Café and Sandwich Bar
- Sandra D’s
- Tea Cup Café
- The Flower Pot Café
- The Village Café
- Rioba Café
- Muffins Sandwich Bar
- Park Road Café
- Paula’s Pies
- Together Centre at Loxley House
- Bake N Butty
- Corporation Pop
- Rendezvous Café
- The Breakfast Bar
- Bella’s Sandwich Bar
- Country Style Café
- Emmaus Mossley
- LL’s Kitchen
- Sweet Vintage
- Deli Felice
- Doorsteps Café
- Food 2 Go
- Jenny’s Sandwich Bar
- Magpies Nest
- Mellors Bakery