Stroud Town Council and Transition Stroud have joined forces to keep the town topped up with water – and cut the use of plastic.
They are working together to ensure that people in Stroud can easily refill their reusable water bottles for free.
The Town Council has agreed to pay for the licence to enable Stroud to join the national Refill scheme which lists all the places people can refill for free.
Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle – for free.
The Town Council is funding the installation of a drinking-water fountain for Bank Gardens. The project is in the planning stages and the Council has earmarked £3,500 for the purchase and installation of the fountain and for the refill project.
Transition Stroud launched the Stroud Valleys Action on Plastic campaign last year.
When the Town Council, which has also been researching ways to cut plastic usage in Stroud, learned about the campaign the organisations decided to join forces.
“If we hope to really cut the use of plastic then we must join forces and work together. By supporting Transition Stroud, the Town Council can make an impact,” said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
Transition Stroud is appealing for volunteers who can help talk to businesses, cafes and shops about the refill scheme.
“The Stroud Valleys Action Group on Plastic was formed under the umbrella of Transition Stroud with the aim of helping the town, local businesses and individuals to reduce the use of single-use plastic,” said Claudi Williams from Transition Stroud.
“We aim to reduce single-use plastic at festivals and events, reduce unnecessary plastic packaging and help eliminate the use of plastic water bottles through targeted projects such as public water fountains and joining the ‘Refill’ scheme. We are delighted that the town council is supporting these projects.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact [email protected].