Water refill scheme aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste on the Isle of Man

Thousands of water bottles end up as waste. Credit: PA

A scheme to make it easy to obtain drinking water when on the move has been launched in the Isle of Man.

Refill Isle of Man encourages shops, cafes, restaurants, tourist attractions and other publicly accessible premises to display an easy to recognise sticker, appear on an app and fill up people’s water bottles with cold tap water free on request.

It’s hoped the scheme will reduce the amount of plastic that damages the environment and, ultimately, the amount manufactured.

Refill is run by City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation that campaigns to prevent marine plastic pollution.

"We’re so excited that the Isle of Man is joining the Refill movement and making a real difference by reducing reliance on single-use plastics. "Every time we refill a re-usable bottle we save our own money and the planet’s resources, and all those individual refills add up to a huge impact."

Sarah Irving, Refill

The scheme is being launched locally by UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, with the support of Manx Utilities.

To sign up as Refill Stations, premises must have a cold water tap that isn’t in a toilet area or over an open drain.

Refill Stations display the campaign’s blue logo and appear on the Refill app, so people can spot or search for them while out and about.