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Have you got the bottle to reduce single use plastic in West Norfolk?

By Eve Tawfick

A scheme active in Hunstanton since 2017 has seen 31 free refill stations crop up all over the front, to encourage people to replace plastic bottles with reusable ones.

Clean and safe drinking water will flow from the taps, at locations all around Hunstanton.

A statement from Refill Hunstanton said: “We have one of the cleanest water sources in the world. It’s time to start taking advantage of that.

“Not only is the scheme a good way to reduce plastic pollution, it is also a convenient way to save money.”

With “National refill day” approaching on July 19, local businesses have been encouraged to put the refill posters in their windows, prompting people to download the handy refill app.

The free app allows users to locate the nearest refill station in their area, so they don’t feel tempted to buy a plastic bottle from a shop.

The charity estimated that by the end of this year, they will have prevented over 100,000 water bottles from entering the water system.

Refill poster at Hunstanton
Refill poster at Hunstanton

Locations like Hunstanton are already “cleaner and greener” than in previous years thanks to the efforts made since 2017, by one member of the refill charity.

Nicola Harvey, from Anglian Water, said: “Anglian Water stands against plastic waste, and Refill is a fantastic initiative we’re proud to support.

“We’re lucky to have some of the best quality drinking water in the world, and we want it to be easy for people to access it on-the-go! Refill is a fantastic scheme for the environment and we hope the people of Hunstanton will join us on this journey!”

“If just one in 10 Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation.

“Remember your bottle on your trip to Hunstanton beach and be part of the positive change.”

Sarah Irving, Refill regional coordinator, said: “Every time we refill a reuseable bottle instead of buying and throwing away a single-use bottle we not only reduce the amount of plastic and fuel being used, we save a bit of money and help clean up our towns and open spaces too.

“We’re so excited to see these fab posters so prominent on the beach as a friendly little nudge to remind visitors that it is easy to look out for the stickers or check the app to find out where you can refill for free.”

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