Town centre visitors wanting to keep thirst at bay can count on Cherwell District Council’s support, as the authority announces its support for a pollution-busting campaign.
Cherwell has taken on the running of Refill Banbury and Bicester following the scheme’s launch in September 2017. Refill identifies businesses which offer free drinking water, via a smartphone application, in order to encourage the use of reusable bottles and help cut plastic waste. To help spread the word, the council will be offering free reusable water bottles via a social media prize draw.
City to Sea, the Bristol-based company behind the national Refill campaign, says that eight million tonnes of plastic find its way into the world’s oceans every year. In Cherwell, it is hoped that the scheme will help reduce littering in the towns’ public spaces and boost footfall to local businesses.
The council’s support for the scheme is expected to help it expand, not only in Banbury and Bicester, but throughout the whole of Cherwell district.
So far, nine Bicester businesses have signed up to the scheme and 13 in Banbury. Further stations are also registered in Adderbury, Stratton Audley, and Upper Heyford.
Participating businesses also display the Refill sticker in their windows, meaning that people don’t have to use the app to refill. The app can also be used to register new refill stations.
Avid users can also earn rewards by registering their refills through the app. This earns them points which can be exchanged for a free stainless steel bottle.
To enter the prize draw for their chance to win a reusable bottle, social media users should share one of Cherwell’s posts on the #refillbanburyandbicester hashtag this January. Twenty lucky winners will be contacted in February.
The smartphone application can be installed via: www.refill.org.uk/get-the-refill-app