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News Centre > Tuesday 18 June 2019

Guernsey Water proves it's got the bottle

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Guernsey Water has provided its staff with reusable bottles in the lead up to National Refill Day in a bid to encourage and assist with waste reduction both in and outside of their working day.

The utility confirmed that following the launch of the Refill scheme on Island last year, a partnership between Guernsey Water, Guernsey Waste and Plastic Free Guernsey, there were now over 40 local businesses signed up to the scheme offering free tap water refills whilst reducing reliance on single use plastic.

The scheme itself was introduced to Guernsey by Destiny Hollyer-Hill, who approached the Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure with an enthusiasm for reducing plastic waste on Island at just 11 years' old.

Margaret McGuinness, Guernsey Water's Water Quality and Risk Manager said "It seems only logical to take advantage of the high quality tap water we are so lucky to enjoy on Island. Our latest Water Quality report showed Guernsey's drinking water quality is higher than ever, it makes sense for those who previously relied on bottled water when out and about to turn their backs on single-use plastic and refill for free with help from the Refill Scheme".

Everyone is able to make use of the Refill scheme by carrying a reusable bottle, stations can be found using the Refill app, or by keeping an eye out for the blue sticker displayed in the windows of a growing number of local cafes, shops and businesses.

"Supporting our staff by helping them to join in with the Refill Revolution is a really positive step for us, both in our efforts towards becoming the drinking water of choice, and in reducing waste at Guernsey Water in line with the Protect our Environment outcome."

On National Refill Day, the public will be asked if they've #GotTheBottle to help reduce their waste by switching from a single-use plastic bottle to a reusable one.

Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation behind the Refill campaign, said: "It's been incredible to watch the Refill campaign flourish over the past few years. National Refill Day is something that everyone can get onboard with and has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary single-use plastic we use when we're out and about. People want to help prevent plastic pollution, and Refill puts the power to do that in their hands."

For more information on the Refill scheme, to sign up as a station or to obtain a full list, please visit www.facebook.com/RefillGuernsey, contact Plastic Free Guernsey at plasticfreegsy@gmail.com, or via message on their Facebook Page.

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