National Refill Day 2019: Beach Businesses Urged to Make the Pledge!
Buying single-use plastic water bottles could soon be seen to be as bad as littering, spitting in public, queue-jumping, and playing loud music on public transport, according to a new survey to mark National Refill Day on 19th June 2019.
City to Sea’s award-winning Refill campaign calls on the public to stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and switch to reusable ones to help fight the tide of plastic waste. Refill is the UK’s leading ‘app for tap’ – connecting people looking for water with businesses, water fountains and transport hubs where they can refill for free on the go. It is estimated that the Refill campaign will have stopped over 100 million single-use bottles from becoming waste by the end of 2019. There There are now 10 local Refill Schemes and 1000 Refill Stations across Scotland covering everywhere from train stations, castles and historic monuments to high street chains.
As part of our My Beach, Your Beach campaign, Keep Scotland Beautiful is asking businesses and organisations to commit to a range of actions to help keep our wonderful beaches, seas and coastlines clean. One-way businesses can support this message is to sign up to the Refill scheme, and help promote reduce and reuse behaviours.
Sarah Irving, Refill Regional Coordinator says:
“I am delighted that Refill and My Beach, Your Beach are working together to help keep Scotland beautiful. With the holiday season fast approaching, we need to have simple, actionable, things which both local businesses and visitors can take now with longer lasting effects. By using a reusable water bottle, you are playing an important role in preventing pollution from single-use plastic and protecting the wildlife living around our beautiful beaches, with the bonus of saving some cash. With National Refill Day on the 19th of June, you can show that you have #gotthebottle to stop plastic pollution too. Head down to the beach and share a picture of you with your reusable bottle with the hashtag of the day.”
The My Beach, Your Beach project will see a range of innovative initiatives coming to Portobello, Fisherrow Sands, Ayr and Kinghorn Harbour to help drive behaviour change to help keep our beaches and bathing waters clean for all to enjoy by encouraging visitors to always use the bins, bag and bin dog poo and never feed the gulls.
As well as asking businesses to sign up to a number of pledges, the project will include community clean up events, bright signage and wrapped bins along the shorefront, and new for this year – litter picking stations, citizen science surveys and more ‘doggie ambassador’ competitions.
19 June 2019