New ‘refill’ initiatives to tackle blight of single-use plastics

New refill schemes will soon expand here in York, as part of a renewed effort to help reduce single-use plastics across the city.


Following his Decision Session Meeting held on the 7th January, Cllr Andrew Waller agreed to support both the “I am reusable” and “Yorkshire on Tap” initiatives, which both aim to encourages companies to become refill stations, providing people with a place to refill recycled water bottles free of charge, thus deterring them from using single use plastics.

As part of the decision, Council officers will also review how a wide range of schemes for reusable bottles and cups in the city can be supported and promoted to drive down waste and litter in the city. Officers will work with One Planet York partners to promote these initiatives, as part of a wider plan to enhance York’s sustainability.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of the Council, commented:

“I am very pleased to be supporting both these initiatives. With Council support, I hope that all partners can move forward in their efforts to reduce waste from single-use plastics, particularly from plastic bottles and coffee cups in the city.”

“There is already great work being done through One Planet York, which has helped to encourage a wide range of schemes to promote reusable drinking cups, and with this approval, I hope that we can continue to build on this work.”

For more information on the initiatives and the decision made by Cllr Waller, please visit:

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