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Welsh Council’s Commitment to Becoming a Plastic-Free County

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Monmouthshire County Council are joining the “Refill Revolution” this June for National Refill Day on the 19th June!  As part of the council’s commitment to becoming a plastic-free county, lots of council buildings have now registered as Refill Stations.  This means that members of the public can bring their own re-usable water bottle and get it refilled for free.  If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation!

This will help people to save money, stay hydrated and help prevent plastic pollution at source. Residents can download the Refill app from www.refill.org.uk to find out where they can get their bottle refilled.  Places which are Refill Stations also have a window sticker to show the public that they are welcome to refill there.

Monmouth Hub, Abergavenny One Stop Shop, Gilwern Library, Chepstow Hub and Monmouth Leisure Centre have all registered or are in the process of registering as Refill Stations.  Other sites will be following suit when arrangements have been put in place.  These join a wide network of cafes and other venues which already offer refills.

Cllr Jane Pratt, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Decarbonisation and Plastic Free Monmouthshire said,

“The council takes its plastic free Monmouthshire commitment very seriously.  As well as taking steps like using glass milk bottles for all school milk and stopping our use of disposable cups in our buildings, joining the Refill scheme seems to be a great way of helping our residents and visitors to reduce single use plastic.  A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021.We need the UK and Welsh Governments to do their part in challenging this, but it is important that the council also plays their part.”