New scheme to help tackle plastic bottle pollution launches with free giveaway of reusable water bottles.
Mermaid Quay is on a mission to make refilling your water bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible, by introducing Refill Stations throughout the popular Cardiff Bay centre. A total of 10 Mermaid Quay venues have already signed up to Refill Mermaid Quay which means that members of the public are welcome to fill up their water bottles for free and it is anticipated that more will follow.
The exciting new Refill Mermaid Quay Scheme is to be launched on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June with a free giveaway of 1,000 reusable “Dŵr” water bottles, courtesy of local water company Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. There will also be music, entertainment and even a special rowing boat in which you can put your single use plastic bottles for Mermaid Quay’s Waste & Environmental Services partner Mitie Waste to recycle.
The average adult buys more than three plastic water bottles every week* – a startling 175 bottles every year per person. In total, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste ending up in our oceans.
City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation headed by entrepreneur Natalie Fee, launched the award-winning Refill Scheme in 2015. Now being rolled out nationwide with full support of Welsh Government and water companies Dŵr Cymru and Hafren Dyfrdwy, Refill is working to substantially increase the availability of high quality drinking water. It has never been easier to swap a single use plastic bottle for a free taste of the rolling Welsh mountains.
At Mermaid Quay, free water refills are already available from:
• Coffi Co
• Cosy Club (opens on 12 June)
• The Crepe Escape
• La Cha Cha
• Yakitori #1
Mermaid Quay Centre Manager Justin Patel said:
“Here at Mermaid Quay we’re rightly proud of the Cardiff Bay environment and want to do everything we can to reduce the amount of litter. Plastics, including single-use plastic bottles, are now the most frequently found type of litter on UK beaches and you don’t have to look far to find them littering towns, rivers and The Bay too.”
Justin added, “Refill Mermaid Quay gives us all the opportunity to help make this type of litter a thing of the past at the same time as saving money. We believe it’s good business sense as well, as customers view businesses that provide free water refills more favourably and are more likely to return to them to make future purchases.”
Refill Mermaid Quay builds on the success of Refill around the UK, which now boasts a network of over 13,000 Refill Stations.
Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation which is the driving force behind the Refill Scheme, said:
“Refill puts the power to stop plastic pollution in people’s hands – it’s a fantastically easy way to reduce your plastic consumption and save money at the same time. Businesses can add themselves to the app too and help create the wave of change needed to keep plastic bottles out of our oceans!”
Lesley Griffiths, Environment Minister, explains why the Welsh Government is supporting Refill Mermaid Quay:
“Making drinking water more available through the Refill Scheme is a really simple way to cut down on single-use plastics and is much better for the environment. I want Wales to be the world’s first ‘Refill Nation’, so it’s really good to see Mermaid Quay joining the scheme.”
Ian Christie, Managing Director of Water Services for Welsh Water, said:
“Wales is renowned for its fantastic drinking water and Refill is an easy and practical way for people to stay hydrated whilst reducing plastic waste and lessen our impact on the environment.”
Find out more about the Refill movement and how to download the free Refill app at www.refill.org.uk.