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Press Release: 29/05/2019

RefillTameside’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.”
Hydration for health
Debbie Watson, Tameside Council’s Assistant Director of Population Health, explained why people need to stay hydrated:  “Good hydration is really important for good health. When people don’t rehydrate they’re more likely to experience headaches, constipation, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, pressure ulcers and skin conditions.
“Poor hydration can lead to dizziness, especially among older people, which in turn can lead to falls. And people with long-term health conditions such as diabetes especially need to drink plenty of fluids. In the worst case dehydration can be life-threatening, particularly for older people, and especially in the kind of heatwave we had last year.”
Nationwide effort
Refill is a national City to Sea initiative aimed at making refilling a reusable bottle on the go as easy as possible, saving money and helping protect the environment. The campaign is backed by Water UK, and supported locally by the Council and Tameside Food Partnership.
Sarah Irving, Refill Regional Coordinator, said: “We know lots of businesses around the country already offer this simple service, but find customers often feel embarrassed or cheeky for asking. By letting people know they can look for Refill stickers or posters and be confident they can refill for free where they find one, Refill Tameside is encouraging more people to take one small step away from relying on single use plastic bottles. It’s a really simple concept with a really big potential result, adding to the great work of other organisations.”
Find out more about Refill Tameside and how you can take part at Visit the Refill website at to download the free Refill app and find out more about the Refill movement.
The picture shows from left to right: Garry Parker, Head of Operations and Neighbourhoods; Helen Attenborough of Magpies Nest and Refill Station; Jenny and Beverley Shillitoe of Jenny’s Breakfast and Sandwich Bar and Refill Station; Elle Johnson, Public Health Modern Apprentice; Rachel Cornes, Portland Basin Museums Manager and Refill Station; Victoria Hamlett, Population Health Programme Officer; Christopher Watkins, Environmental Development Project Support Officer; Christina Morton, Environmental Development Officer.
Full list of Refill Stations in Tameside at time of launch, 5th June 2019
  • IKEA
  • 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
  • Gracie’s
  • 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
Bottled water facts and figures
Over the last 15 years, UK consumption of bottled water has doubled.
Of the 13 billion plastic bottles used each year in the UK, nearly 60% (7.7 billion) are plastic water bottles.
Every minute, one million plastic bottles are bought around the world, and that figure is expected to go up 20% by 2021.
In the UK alone, we consume 13 billion plastic bottles a year – 7.7 billion of them are plastic water bottles, despite us having some of the best quality drinking water in the world.
If just 1 in 10 people in the UK refilled once a week, we’d save around 340 million plastic bottles a year.
The UK spends more than £1.8 billion a year on bottled water – around 3 bottles a week each on average.
Bottled water costs 500-1000 times more than tap water – and the UK has some of the best quality drinking water in the world.
Waste and litter
About 700,000 plastic bottles are littered every single day in the UK.
Almost half of these bottles are not recycled. And around 15 million plastic bottles are littered, landfilled or incinerated every day – ending up in our natural environment and flowing into our oceans.
Global environmental impacts
The production and incineration of plastic give rise to an estimated 400 million tonnes of CO2 a year globally. Bottled water is 900 times more carbon-intensive than tap water.
It takes over 8 litres of water to produce a single bottle.
Landfill and incineration of plastic bottles from the UK produces about 233,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.
A recent global study of bottled water brands found tiny plastic particles (microplastics) in over 90% of samples.
Plastic bottles now make up one-third of all plastic pollution in the sea.
The impact on our wildlife is becoming catastrophic – 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic pollution annually.
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