AS COFFEE SHOPS JOIN WAR ON PLASTIC WASTE
FREE water refill points and fountains will be set up in shops, cafes and high streets across the country.
City to Sea is the organisation behind the scheme where passers-by can refill their water bottles for free in stores, even if they don’t buy anything.
Costa, Starbucks and Pret are telling staff in their shops to refill bottles for anyone who asks. Users will be able to use an app on their phone to find out where the nearest refill point is, or look for signs in shop windows.
Charity Keep Britain Tidy says the signs are important because seven out of ten people feel uncomfortable asking for free tap water without buying something.
In other “war on plastic” news, Network Rail says drinking fountains are going to be put up at train stations so passengers can fill up their own bottles. They look after 18 of the country’s busiest stations.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans, too, for up to 20 water fountains to be placed around the capital city. London Zoo and Selfridges store have already put in drinking fountains and ended the sale of single-use water bottles.
A massive amount of waste is created by plastic drink bottles. In the UK 38.5m plastic bottles are used every day! Only half of those make it to recycling, while more than 16m are put into landfill, burned, or leak into the environment and oceans.