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Refill Scheme Tameside MBC


Refil SchemeThe Refill scheme is a national scheme aiming to reduce the use of single-use plastic while helping you to choose healthy life style choices by keeping hydrated and saving you money so you don’t have to buy those pesky water bottles anymore!

Fancy a drink while you’re out shopping or walking your dog? Pop into any one of your local Tameside refill stations to fill up your reusable water bottle for free. To find your local refill station you can either download the national Refill app or click the link below which has all Tameside Refill Stations listed in one place:

Refill Station List

Refill Station List

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You can purchase reusable water bottles from lots of places across Tameside or online. We recommend finding BPA-free reusable water bottles.

Refill 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 (micro plastics) 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.

Are you a business? Join the other businesses in Tameside supporting to end single use plastic.

It’s really simple to become a refill station! All you need is to have a fresh, clean supply of drinking water, provide a few details about your business so we can join you to the national scheme and best of all its completely free to help save the planet in your own  way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
In a recent survey 64% of residents said they’d stop buying bottled water if they could access tap water refills.
Why not do your part to keep residents healthy, save the planet and increase footfall in your local business. If you would to join our Tameside Refill stations please contact 
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