Thirsty residents and visitors can now fill up their water bottles for free following the installation of five new refill stations outside council buildings across the district.
The stations are located at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury, Whitstable Harbour office, The King’s Hall in Herne Bay, The Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable and the main council offices at Military Road, Canterbury.
The installations come as part of the council’s ongoing plans to help tackle single-use plastic in the district. So far it has:
- Drastically reduced single-use plastics at its offices and venues
- Required all events on council land to minimise the amount of single-use plastic they use
- Provided free water refills at council venues as part of the Refill scheme
Chairman of the city council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “These new refill stations are a great addition to our buildings and will help play an important role in reducing the amount of plastic people need to dispose of when out and about in the district.
“Their introduction will also help to reduce litter across the district and limit the amount of plastic being recycled which can often be challenging.”
South East Regional Coordinator for Refill, Mala Nathan said: “Every time we refill a re-useable bottle instead of buying and throwing away a single-use bottle we not only reduce the amount of plastic and fuel being used, but we also save a bit of money and help clean up our towns and open spaces too.
“We’re so excited to see the new stations in Canterbury which will make it easy to fill up with water on the go.
“Look out for the stickers or check the Refill app to find places where you can refill for free.”
You can find your nearest Refill station by downloading the Refill app via the app store.
Community Committee will also consider a recommendation for four more refill stations in Whitstable at its meeting on Wednesday 26 June.