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Reduce single use plastics and join Refill Rushcliffe

21 June 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council is looking for environmentally minded groups or individuals to help the authority join Refill Rushcliffe - a scheme encouraging outlets to enable the public to refill their reusable water bottles free of charge and reduce single-use plastics.

The authority is exploring the award winning ‘City to Sea’ scheme where businesses and community venues can act as a filling up point for thirsty passers-by so they can refill their bottles, signposted by stickers in participating outlet’s windows and via the scheme’s app.

Volunteer co-ordinators are now being sought to help engage local communities with the scheme and register venues and businesses who wish to support the initiative.

Parkwood Leisure, Glendale and Severn Trent Water which supplies water to all dwellings in Rushcliffe have given their backing to the scheme.

The Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson said: “We hope local outlets will embrace this scheme to join us in our drive to reduce the volume of single use plastic water bottles, as residents and visitors to the Borough alike choose to use a reusable cup.

“As a Council we recently gave all councillors the option to use multi-use cups at our sites for meetings and would like to see as many people as possible refill their reusable water bottles at outlets that sign up, rather than purchase a one use water bottle.

“We’re urging volunteers to come on board too and help us role out this scheme. They would help register businesses or outlets near high footfall areas in our communities or busy transport stops and commuter routes.

“If you’re a business owner, signing up will reduce single use plastics in your part of Rushcliffe and help do your bit for the environment.”

To express your interest in the scheme or if you wish to sign up, email media@rushcliffe.gov.uk or call 0115 914 8555.