Refill Schools is part of the RefillDevon initiative. This scheme allows businesses in Devon to sign up to become Refill stations, where members of the public can refill their reusable water bottles with tap water, instead of buying water in a new plastic bottle.
This innovative project seems to have caught the public's imagination and is riding high on the wave of ocean plastic highlighted in David Attenborough's Blue Planet.
The initiative started in Bude, Cornwall and gained momentum first in Bristol. It is now a worldwide phenomenom with more Refill Staions popping up everywhere there is a tap!
Schools can join in too. Apply now for a Refill Schools pack, containing posters and a window sticker to show your support for this fantastic project aiming to reduce plastic waste in Devon.
There are three ways that a school can be part of this initiative. The first shows that the school encourages children to refill their reusable water bottles within school, the second promotes the school as a Refill Station for the public to be able to refill their water bottles (for example, if the school has a reception area that the public can enter) and the third is about children encouraging the local community and businesses to become Refill Stations and teaching them how to register using the Refill app.
Many schools ask children to bring water bottles from home each day for their use in the classroom, at break and lunchtimes. Show that you are saving plastic by signing up your school to be Refill School. Contact Lucy Mottram at Devon County Council on email@example.com or 01392 383519 for a poster to display around your school. Grants are available from Tapwater.org to help schools provide access to tap water in schools.
If you consider your school in a position to do so then you can sign up your school on the Refill website or app. See the RefillDevon website.
This would only be possible in schools which have a Reception area where the public could hand over a water bottle to a member of staff and allow it to be taken inside the school to be filled up. This is completely at the school's discretion and needs to be decided by the Headteacher and/or Governing Body as it may have Safeguarding implications for some schools.
Encourage pupils out into their local communities to take positive action and encourage local businesses to sign up for Refill Devon.