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County council joins the refill revolution

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

Northumberland County Council is backing an environmental campaign that aims to help reduce the number of plastic bottles ending up in landfill or the ocean.

The local authority has joined the Refill scheme and intends to open up many of its council premises as water refill stations over the coming weeks.

Coun Peter Jackson with county council employees Janice Riddell and Jennifer Robinson.

Coun Peter Jackson with county council employees Janice Riddell and Jennifer Robinson.

County Hall in Morpeth was the first such premises to be announced last Thursday.

Refill was established by Bristol-based not for profit organisation City To Sea.

It has captured the national interest and is now being introduced by organisations across the country. It is also receiving support from the water industry and is being driven locally by Northumbrian Water.

County council leader Peter Jackson said: “Plastic pollution and the devastating impact it has on our environment, sea and marine life is very much in the headlines, and we’re keen to do our bit.

“There is still a long way to go to get people into the habit of refilling water bottles, but behaviour is beginning to change and we want to, and have a responsibility to, support this.

“Any support helps and the council is delighted to be joining other businesses that are backing this campaign.”

According to Refill, if just one in ten people in Britain refilled just once a week from any of the 12,000 Refill stations available nationally, instead of buying a plastic bottle, the country would save around 340 million plastic bottles a year.

Debbie Mitchell, marketing brand strategy manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “The support of organisations such as Northumberland County Council will help drive the success of Refill across the North East.”