Port Erin Commissioners install water bottle
points are set to be rolled out within Port Erin this year as part of a plan to
reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste.
two new bottle-refill points are being installed, with Port Erin Commissioners
also signing up to the Refill Isle of Man bottle-refill scheme, in which
businesses make tap water available to the public. Several businesses within
Port Erin have also already signed up the Refill Isle of Man initiative with
Port Erin Commissioners encouraging others to join the scheme.
Nick Watterson said, “Over the past couple of years it has become widely
accepted that we shouldn’t be using single-use plastics as the impact on the
environment is so great. These two new
bottle-refill points will make it easier for people to keep hydrated on the go
without using single-use plastic water bottles, which could end up in our
“Our new water refill points are a simple but effective way to encourage
locals and visitors to switch from plastic bottles to reusable ones. With the
hot weather we had last summer, the demand was greater than ever for quick and
easy ways of accessing drinking water and I’m pleased to see these refill
points appearing in public spaces within Port Erin. They’re already proving
popular and the Board plans to install more in the future to benefit both
thirsty locals & visitors and the environment.”
Earlier this year UNESCO
Biosphere Isle of Man became the licenced operator for the Refill scheme in the
Isle of Man, which encourages shops, businesses
and cafes to provide free tap water to members of the public by signing up to
the scheme and displaying an easily identifiable blue Refill sign.
Those who sign up for the scheme appear on the official Refill app,
which is searchable while on the move. This is made even easier within Port
Erin with the Free Wi-Fi provided by Port Erin Commissioners available around
the Railway Station. For more details on how to sign up, visit www.gov.im/refill.
Port Erin Commissioners on 10th April 2019