Free water refills that limit the need for single use plastic bottles are going to be available in Plymouth long before the recently announced target of 2021. In fact, they already are!
In an initiative led by Transition Plymouth, and as part of Environment Plymouth’s soon-to-be- launched Plastic Free Plymouth Sound campaign, Plymouth has been included in the Refill Devon project supported by Recycle Devon.
Soon outlets across the Plymouth Waterfront area will be taking part in the scheme, supported by the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership Business Improvement District.
A spokesperson for the campaign said “We are delighted to be able to take the first steps towards limiting unnecessary plastic use in this way. Free refills are already available from Drake’s Kitchen at the University and both Rockfish – Sutton Harbour, Plymouth and Koffiehuis on the Barbican but, very soon, there will be lots more outlets. We are particularly grateful to the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership who will be encouraging their members to make these free refills available to locals and visitors alike.”
Sarah Gibson, CEO of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said “When we learned of the scheme we were keen to act in support of Transition Plymouth and their goals to roll the Refill Devon initiative out across Plymouth’s Waterfront area. Rockfish and Koffiehuis are the first to offer free water refills, and we hope with the Waterfront BID’s encouragement, more premises across the Waterfront will get on board with the free service.”
Mitch Tonks, restauranteur and food writer who runs the Rockfish restaurants, said “We think it’s the right thing to do to reduce the use of plastics in our business and support initiatives that work towards a better solution and we’re proactively working with suppliers to reduce the amount they use.
As well as supporting Refill Devon we’re also installing taps outside our restaurants so that people can use refillable bottles for drinking water rather than use a single use bottle. Plymouth has always championed sustainability, with research at the NMA, the university, Food Plymouth and sustainable cities organisation and, as a major city in Devon it can, and does, lead the way.”
The subject of significant concern and recent publicity through the BBC’s Blue Planet II series, plastic waste is emerging as one of the biggest threats to our local and global environment. Plymouth’s status as Britain’s Ocean City, calls for the designation of a National Marine Park and the Council’s response (due on Monday 29th January) all add to the importance of a local campaign.
Becoming part of Refill Devon is the first step towards Plymouth’s aim of becoming the UK’s first Plastic Free Coastline City.