Sixteen Uckfield businesses have signed up to the national Refill scheme.
Water bottles will be refilled at the premises free of charge.
Some places have free-standing water dispensers while others will refill bottles with tap water.
The Uckfield scheme was officially launched yesterday at Uckfield Civic Centre on national Refill Day (June 19).
The local scheme is being led by Brighter Uckfield with support from Uckfield Town Council.
It is all part of a campaign to try and eliminate single-use plastic from the town.
Martin Barnett, who is leading the campaign group’s efforts, said 14 businesses in the Uckfield area had already been swiftly signed up to the Refill project.
“The response has been really, really good,” he told UckfieldNews.com
He said around there were 200 towns nationally supporting the scheme with around 20,000 businesses which offered water freely to anyone who walks into the shop or organisation.
All businesses involved in Refill display a sticker which looks like a water drop.
“If you see that in a shop window, feel free to go in and ask for your bottle to be refilled.
“We started this as part of the plastic-free Uckfield campaign.
“The mission is to reduce single-use plastic in the town.
“It might sound simple today but it is not so easy.
“But one sure-fire way of getting this done is to reduce the number of water bottles in circulation,” he said.
The idea of Uckfield having a Refill scheme was first raised by this website’s former Saturday independent columnist, Observer.
In August 2017 Observer wrote: Refill Uckfield – let’s get it going and beat the plastic menace
One of the next steps was Uckfield Town Council pledging that the Civic Centre and town council as a whole would work to become free of single-use plastic.
And then the council decided to join the Refill scheme and set up a water station at the Civic Centre.
Its water dispenser has been in use for the last couple of weeks and is located on the ground floor, close to the doors of the Weald Hall, on the left-hand side.
From our files
What is Refill?
It is a growing national campaign. Read more about it here (external link)
Businesses in the Uckfield area already signed up to Refill are
- Barney’s Play Barn
- Cats’ Protection League at Chelwood Gate
- The Picture House Cinema and Restaurant
- Five Ash Down Post Office
- The Civic Centre
- Cafe 212
- Courtyard Cafe
- Station Inn
- Applegreen petrol station
- Thyme for Food and Friends
- Costa is a member nationally
- Pizza Express
Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory