Claim your free reusable water bottle for National Refill Day!

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As part of the Refill London campaign, Hackney Council is urging local residents and businesses to sign up for free tap water refills in a bid to help people ditch plastic bottles.

Residents will be able to claim free reusable water bottles from the Council at a National Refill Day event on 19 June, with local businesses also being encouraged to sign up to the Refill London app and offer free tap water refills. Residents can also complete the Refill Hackney quiz for a chance to win one of ten reusable bottles.

The Refill London campaign aims to reduce the number of plastic bottles used by the public, by encouraging people to take out reusable bottles and fill them up when they are out and about.

Research shows that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea, and a large part of this will be from the 420 million bottles that end up in landfill each year.

Andrew Woodyatt from the Rio Cinema in Dalston, which is a refill station, said: “It is essential for all businesses to support any initiatives like Refill London that cut down on single use plastic. The Rio Cinema is very committed to eliminating plastics all together, our food packaging is made of sustainable paper and card materials, and the cups we use are compostable vegware.

Hackney Service Centre is one of the buildings now proudly displaying a Refill sticker, and thirsty residents are welcome to ask any member of customer service staff for a refill.

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm
Alongside expanding our water fountain network over the next four years, we are also encouraging local people to claim their free reusable water bottle and encouraging local businesses to sign up to the Refill app.

The Hackney Half Marathon - where we eliminated 225,000 plastic bottles in one day - was a clear demonstration of what can be achieved if we act to eliminate unnecessary consumption of the fossil fuel plastics that are driving global warming and polluting every aspect of our world.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

Residents can download the Refill app from all app stores and claim their free reusable water bottle at a Refill event at Hackney Town Hall at 11am-3pm on 19 June. Businesses can sign up at: https://www.refill.org.uk/get-the-refill-app/

The enter the Council’s competition to win one of ten reusable bottles, take the #RefillHackney quiz.

This quiz is open to Hackney residents until Sunday 30 June. Winners will be contacted via email on Tuesday 2 July.