Plastic bottle waste is an increasing problem in the UK and worldwide. To reduce this plastic bottle waste in the UK, the Government has announced that in England people will be able to refill water bottles for free in thousands of places by 2021. A network of high street retailers, coffee shops, businesses and local authorities will provide refill stations in every major city and town in throughout England.
People will be able to download an app to find out their nearest point to find the nearest refill location. There is currently a refill scheme in operation in 13 towns and cities in England, which encourages the participating cafes, bars and restaurants, banks and other businesses to sign up to a free app and put a sticker in their window telling passer-by about its free refill system.