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Fill Up scheme aims to cut plastic waste

6 August 2019

We have teamed up with local businesses to reduce plastic waste and promote healthy lifestyles.

Our Fill Up campaign asks businesses to offer free drinking water to encourage people to fill reusable bottles rather than buy a single-use plastic water bottle.

The initiative aims to cut plastic pollution and improve people’s health by increasing access to drinking water, while also saving residents money.

Participating businesses simply have to display a window sticker, which is provided by us, to show members of the public they can fill their water bottle for free.

Around 40 organisations from across the district are already part of the scheme. One of those businesses is Bandito Burrito in Windermere, owner Ewan Murdock said: “We are trying to do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

“Not only are we showing our support for Fill Up, but we no longer sell plastic bottles or use food pots or cutlery made of plastic.”

The response to the campaign has been positive, however, we are asking for more businesses to support the project.

Our Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience Portfolio Holder, Councillor Suzie Pye, said: “This council is passionate about the environment. Fill Up is a fantastic way of reducing single-use plastic bottle waste and it saves people money, while also encouraging residents to stay hydrated and healthy when they are out and about in South Lakeland.’’

Any organisation can sign up to Fill Up. To get involved in the scheme email: publicprotection@southlakeland.gov.uk.

Ewan Murdock (middle) with a member of staff from Bandito Burrito and Cllr Suzie Pye (right).

Bandito Burrito Fill Up

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