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Turn On The Tap!

9th March 2016

Cornwall is being encouraged to ditch plastic water bottles and 'Turn On The Tap'

A county-wide water refill scheme has started where we can take refill bottles into local businesses to top them up with water, rather than buy bottled water.

Clean Cornwall has teamed up with St Austell Brewery and Surfers Against Sewage to run the service and hopes it will spark a change in habits.

Statistics show that almost three quarters of litter in the UK is made up from plastics. Just look at a beach after a storm and you can see the extent of the problem, plastic bottles and bottle lids strewn for miles.

To launch the Turn on the Tap campaign, Clean Cornwall is giving away 1000 stainless steel 500ml water flasks and Pirate FM is looking for businesses to come on board as refill stations.

Clean Cornwall said: "Turn on the Tap aims to turn off the flow of litter by calling on people to make just one simple change to their habits - to choose tap water instead of buying plastic bottled water both at home and out and about.

"Moving away from plastic water bottles is a change of habit that will help to stop litter in Cornwall and it is also hoped that it will encourage more of use to think about how we consume single use plastic.

"Free to collect at various dispensing stations across the county, people will be able to re-use these flasks, filling up with free tap water at venues across Cornwall to reduce the number of plastic, throwaway water bottles that so often eat up bin space and end up littering our beautiful beaches and countryside."

For every flask given away and refilled, Clean Cornwall estimates an average of 60 plastic bottles will be diverted from bins and from the environment.  

This means in Cornwall that's already 60,000 less plastic bottles.

Turn on the Tap works with the support of businesses like St Austell Brewery who will display the Turn on the Tap window stickers in pubs, inns and hotels across Cornwall. The sticker lets people know they are welcome to come in and refill their own flasks or water bottles with free tap water.


Brewery MD James Staughton said, "The Clean Cornwall campaign is something I feel passionate about and have been involved with from the outset. Turn on the Tap is a project that epitomises everything Clean Cornwall stands for; getting people from all walks of life and businesses large and small to take responsibility and play their part in keeping our beautiful countryside beautiful."

Surfers Against Sewage Chief Executive Hugo Tagholm said: "We're delighted to be supporting Clean Cornwall's Turn on the Tap initiative. Plastic bottles are unfortunately one of the most frequently found items at our community beach cleans, spoiling Cornwall's beautiful beaches and harming wildlife.  We can all play our part in turning the tide on the marine litter crisis, and every time you refill your water bottle you are helping make a difference, however small. Cornwall's beaches are some of the best in the world and need our help!"

Some of us may already be happy to ask for free water, as Ruth Avery, Landlady of The Harbour Inn, Porthleven commented, "Cyclists and walkers staying at our inn regularly ask for their flasks to be filled with water but this isn't something that everybody is comfortable with. This is a great campaign and it's fantastic to be a part of something that makes it easier for more people to come in and ask for something that is free without feeling cheeky. It is such a simple idea. "

A full list of locations can be found here

To claim you free flask click here. This giveaway closes at midnight on Thursday 10 March.

If you are a business and you would be happy to become a refill point please contact Clean Cornwall here

Posted by Pablo at 4:08pm

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