Darlington businesses pledge to fight plastic pollution with introduction of Refill Stations

Darlington Borough Council and businesses in the town have pledged to fight plastic pollution with the introduction of Refill Stations at their premises.

Refill which is promoted in the North East by Northumbrian Water, sees businesses and community venues sign up to allow people to top up their refillable water bottles from their taps, free of charge.

So far in Darlington, nearly 40 businesses across the town have signed up to become Refill Stations, including:

  • Cockerton Library
  • Coopers Tea Rooms & Coffee House
  • Costa Coffee (all outlets)
  • Crown Street Library
  • Darlington Hippodrome
  • Deli Stop
  • Hash Bar & Kitchen
  • Hatch Luncheonette
  • Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum
  • South Park Cafe
  • The Courtyard Cafe
  • The Dolphin Centre (Bistro and 16 Horsemarket Cafe)

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and the local environment, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this initiative and it’s great that so many local businesses have already signed up.

“The more Refill Stations we have the less need for single-use plastic bottles, which has got to be a good thing for the environment.”

Refill Stations - Northumbria Water

Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive of Northumbrian Water, added: “It’s fantastic to have the support of organisations like Darlington Borough Council getting behind the Refill campaign.

“Before we had officially arrived in Darlington, we’d already seen businesses signing up and I’m delighted that there are even more embracing Refill.

She continued: “All members of the public need to do now, is to take a refillable bottle with them when they go out, and use the Refill app to find their nearest station.

“They can show further support by encouraging other local business and organisations to sign up.”

The aim of Refill, which was set up by Bristol-based not for profit organisation City To Sea, is to reduce the reliance on single-use plastic bottles.

Since Northumbrian Water brought Refill to the North East in November 2017, more than 740 Refill Stations have been set up across the region.

For businesses to get involved in the scheme, they simply need to allow people to bring in their bottles to be topped up from the tap.

Window stickers can be supplied to help them promote their part in the scheme and they can also register on the Refill app, which people use to find their nearest station.

The average person in the UK will use 150 plastic water bottles every year. If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation.

To find out more about Refill or to download the app, visit their website.

Photo caption L-R: Northumbrian Water’s Laura Kennedy with Cllr Nick Wallis outside the Dolphin Centre, one of Darlington town centre Refill Stations

Source: Darlington Borough Council

David Wriglesworth
University of Lincoln graduate and self-confessed social media addict David Wriglesworth is the founder of What's on Darlington. In his spare time, you’ll find him avoiding the gym and tagging his friends in memes on Facebook.