Otley joins national refill scheme

Otley is attempting to up its green game even further thanks to a new scheme in the town that allows people to fill up their water bottles for free.

The initiative is part of a nationwide scheme to reduce plastic waste – with participating businesses having stickers displayed in their windows to alert passers by to the fact they can fill up their water bottles for free.

Cllr Ray Georgeson (Lib Dem, Danefield), Chair of Otley Town Council, who are leading the Refill Otley campaign, said: “This is a simple and effective way of encouraging people to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic bottles of water, and their use of plastic, by easily refilling a bottle. We thank the businesses who have joined the Refill Otley scheme and hope that more businesses will sign-up and that we will all do our bit to further reduce the impact of plastic pollution in our seas, rivers and countryside.”

Participating businesses include:

  • Patisserie Viennoise
  • Otley Town Council
  • Colin Pitt Garage
  • Bloomfield Square Café
  • Chevin Cycles Limited
  • Cranberry
  • Milk Bar
  • Sift Café & Bakery
  • Bondgate Bakery
  • Costa Coffee
  • A Casa Di Alessia
  • Salami & Co
  • Il Vicoletto
  • The Rumblin Tum Café
  • The Pink Teapot
  • Little Corner of the World
  • Casa Vitae
  • The Real Food Shop
  • O’Deli
  • The Bowling Green
  • Grade 1 Barbers

The average adult buys more than 3 plastic water bottles every week* – a startling 175 bottles every year per person. In total, some 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste ending up in our oceans.

City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation, launched the award-winning Refill Campaign in 2015.