Launch of the Anglian Water Refill campaign in Norwich.
Andy Brown – Anglian Water Head of Sustainability and Matthew White – Local Co-Ordinator launch the scheme at the Norwich Arts Centre.

Anglian Water teams up with City to Sea to launch an exciting initiative in Norwich promoting free tap water refills for people on the move.

The problem of plastic pollution is hard to escape these days, and with an estimated eight million tonnes of plastics thought to be getting into our oceans every year, we often feel powerless to act.

That’s why Anglian Water has teamed up with environmental charity City to Sea to change this by putting the power to act directly into your hands, and launching the plastic-busting Refill campaign in Norwich.

Refill is a positive, practical and fun tap-water initiative for people on the move. Originally created to tackle marine plastic pollution, it also combats litter and helps promote the local high street.

This simple initiative aims to save you money while also saving our environment.  Tap water works out at just half a pence a litre, compared to around 70 pence for a small bottle of shop-bought water.

“Participating local cafés, pubs and community buildings simply put stickers in their windows welcoming people in to refill their water bottles for free” explains Gus Hoyt, Refill’s co-founder and national manager: “There’s also a free app that lists all the ‘Refill Stations’ and you win prizes as you go.

“We’re so excited to finally be launching in Norwich. Teaming-up with Anglian Water, the council and universities has been a dream. Over the coming years we will all make a huge difference in helping to stop plastic pollution at source.”

Originally launched in Bristol in 2015, founder of Refill’s parent organisation City to Sea, Natalie Fee added: “Single-use plastic bottles are expensive to produce, use up valuable natural resources to make and transport and create mountains and mountains of waste once we’ve gulped down the contents. And recycling’s not the answer either, here in the UK an estimated 800 plastic bottles a minute are either ending up in landfill or as litter, which will too often make its way into our waterways and out to sea.”

Regan Harris from Anglian Water said: “Refill is a fantastic initiative, which we’re proud to support.  It’s vital we tackle the problem of plastics directly at their source.  Not only this, but we have some of the best quality drinking water in the world and it’s good value too, so lets use it!

“The average household bill for water is just £1.15 a day for everything you might need – washing, bathing and drinking – that’s comparable to the price of a single large bottle of shop-bought water or a take away coffee. Plus after reusing your plastic bottle a couple of times, it effectively becomes carbon neutral. So not only is Refill great for the environment – it’s good for our pockets too.”

The message is simple. When you leave the house, remember keys, phone, wallet and water bottle! By carrying a reusable bottle, you’ll save money, stay healthy and save the oceans too.

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