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Cork City launches Refill Campaign on World Water Day 2018

Thursday, 22 March, 2018

On the 22nd March 2018 the Refill campaign was officially launched in Cork very aptly during World Water Day at the Old Cork Waterworks.Refill Ireland is a voluntary Irish environmental project that allows the public to find local businesses who are pledging to provide no quibble FREE tap water refills on request, to people’s own reusable water bottles and perhaps after their coffee, meal, haircut or local appointment.

Another aspect of the campaign is to look at providing taps in public areas, unlike other European countries public water fountains are a rare feature in Ireland and we hope this project will assist in greater provision of public sources. Mary Walsh, Environment Section,  Cork City Council said they are very supportive of the campaign both from a waste and public health perspective and are looking at models of best practice elsewhere in examining the feasibility of this aspect of the campaign.

Bernadette Connolly of Cork Environmental Forum said that they were delighted to get behind this campaign in Cork, similar to the very successful conscious cup campaign, Refill ‘s aim is to reduce the blight of single use plastic drinking water bottle waste in our streets and waterways and to provide an alternative for the public to stay healthy and hydrated while on the go in our towns and cities.

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One of the first businesses to get behind the initiative in Cork is the Natural Foods Bakery, owned and managed by Roddy Henderson and Orla O’Byrne. With three locations within the city at Fitzgerald’s Park, in Blackrock Village and Paul Street, Orla said that the business has always had a focus on the environment and this initiative fits in very well with their overall ethos. It is hoped that they are just the first of many businesses who will support Refill in Cork. 

There are no costs involved to businesses whatsoever, there is just a request to display a small window sticker advertising the service. Katie Mahon from Refill Ireland said that “we hope through joining that your visible and practical help will demonstrate a visible commitment to the environment for which the public may well appreciate”, Refill Ireland add locations who sign up to a map of locations supporting no quibble refills.

If anyone wishes to support the project or find out more they can contact Richard Leahy, Cork Environmental Forum at 087 1274432.