Diss traders join national water refill scheme
Diss traders have joined a new scheme aimed at reducing the town’s use of single-use plastic.
It will see participating shops, cafés and pubs refill – for free – any reusable water bottles with tap water.
So far, 15 town businesses, including the Corn Hall, Fredrick’s Fine Foods and Natural Foodstore, have signed up to the initiative.
Rebecca Everall, from the Natural Foodstore, who is one of the co-ordinators, said: “This is such an easy way for shoppers and businesses to make a tangible difference.
“The environmental catastrophe caused by discarded plastic has got people really motivated, and the refill scheme could massively cut down the use of disposable plastic bottles in Diss – without anyone getting dehydrated.
“It’s good for the planet, it’s good for the community and it doesn’t cost a thing,” she added.
Plastic Free Diss, a campaign group seeking to find ways of reducing waste in the town while promoting positive action, hopes that more businesses will be prepared to join in to help make a difference.
Dr Stephen Willoughby, another co-ordinator, said: “According to a House of Commons report from 2017, consumption of bottled water has doubled in the last 15 years.
“Plastic bottles now make up a third of all plastic pollution in the sea. We can change this.”
Businesses involved in the scheme can be found on the app at refill.org.uk or by looking out for stickers in shop windows.
Any traders interested in joining can sign up via the refill.org.uk website or the app.
Window stickers and promotional postcards can be collected from the Natural Foodstore in Norfolk House Yard.
Businesses involved in the scheme so far are: Café Culture, Diss Fish Kitchen, Diss Deli and Espresso Bar, The Greyhound, the Corn Hall, Saracens Head, Amandines, Natural Foodstore, Co-operative, Fredrick’s Fine Foods, Istanbul Kebab House, Waterfront Inn, Café Delices, Costa Coffee, Greggs and Morrisons.
Plastic Free Diss meets on a monthly basis at the Angel Café.
To join the campaign group, visit its Facebook page, which can be found by searching for Plastic Free Diss www.facebook.com.
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