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Newport shows it's #GotTheBottle with new Belle Vue refill station

Posted on Wednesday 19th June 2019
Refill water fountain Belle Vue June 2019 - 4

Newport City Council has today shown its commitment to the national Refill campaign, unveiling a new water fountain at Belle Vue Park.

The campaign is urging people to stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and switch to refillable ones to help fight the tide of plastic waste. And as part of National Refill Day 2019, people in Newport are encouraged to show they’ve #GotTheBottle to ditch single use plastic.

The new fountain, located between the pavilion and play area in Belle Vue Park, is the first to be specially installed by the council, with plans for more across the city being developed.

Newport City Council is also offering the use of refill stations within council buildings – details of which can be found on the Refill app.

Councillor Debbie Harvey, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, was joined by Hannah Blythyn AM, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government to mark the new refill station.

Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Debbie Wilcox said: “Last year I put forward a motion to actively reduce the amount of single use plastic we use as an authority and to encourage others to follow suit.

“This is new refill station is an important step in ensuring easy access to drinking water in Newport and therefore support people to use their own refillable containers.

“Locating this fountain within the park will complement the growing number of stations across the city within shops, businesses and council buildings – all of which can be easily found on the handy refill app.

“We are now looking at other possible locations and plans are being put in place for more refill stations in Newport.”

The Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn, said: “A year ago I announced the Welsh Government’s commitment to become a ‘Refill Nation’. At that time, Wales had less than 10 refill stations. Today there are over 1,000 Refill Stations across Wales.

“Increased availability of Refill stations or water fountains is helping to reduce the number of single use plastic bottles ending up in our marine and aquatic environments disrupting our natural environment. This is vital for delivering sustainability and achieving our well-being goals for Wales.”

Hannah Osman, Refill Wales Coordinator, said: "It is amazing to see how quickly Newport has embraced the Refill Campaign. The new water fountain installed by Newport City Council and launching to celebrate National Refill Day just shows how seriously the people of Newport want to sort out the plastic pollution in their community.

“Every time we refill a re-usable bottle we save our own money and the planet’s resources, and all those individual refills add up to a huge impact. Our Refill Local Champion has great ambitions for Refill Newport and I am excited to see the scheme develop."

Refill is a City to Sea and Water UK campaign – find out more at refill.org.uk

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