Community refill scheme drive continues with Bicester and Banbury

The Oxfordshire towns of Banbury and Bicester have become the latest to commit to fighting plastic pollution through a refillable water bottle scheme after launching a Refill scheme in the area.

The Refill scheme, first launched by anti-plastic pollution charity City to Sea in Bristol in September 2015, is now present in eleven towns, connecting thirsty pedestrians with cafes, restaurants, shops and local businesses who have signed up to the scheme to offer free tap water refills.

Some 30 local businesses have signed up so far in Banbury and Bicester, registering with an app and placing a sticker in their windows to alert people that they are a Refill site, regardless of whether they are a customer or not. The scheme, which was officially launched by Banbury MP Victoria Prentis in a bottle filling ceremony last week, aims to make refilling your water bottle on the go a lot easier in order to keep people hydrated in a cheap and easy way, while also reducing plastic bottle waste.