Damers children sign-up Poundbury businesses to launch water refill scheme

The Eco Club is on a mission to reduce single-use water bottles in Poundbury

Children at Damers First School have launched a new eco initiative working with Litter Free Dorset to reduce the number of water bottles that are thrown away each year. Members of the school’s Eco Club have signed up almost 20 businesses and shops who will offer free water refills to visitors, residents and customers as part of the “Refill Poundbury” initiative.

Charlie Wild, project officer for Litter Free Dorset, introduced the Refill campaign, which first launched in Bristol and has been rolled out nationally, raising awareness of single use bottles and their impact on the environment.
The campaign has now come to Poundbury and professionally launched by Damers First School’s Eco Club, an after school club for the school’s eco representatives run by teacher Mr Moore.

Charlie Wild said: “It has been absolutely fantastic to work with the Damers Eco Club. I have never been quite so inspired by such a team.”

“They have done so much in such a short amount of time.”

The Eco Club impressed the businesses attending the Refill Poundbury launch with a rap explaining how the campaign works. Eco representative Sophie said: “Too many plastic bottles are entering the ocean and washing up on our shores.” The children said in return for refilling bottles, the initiative will bring new customers to shops.
The school’s Eco Club sent handwritten letters to Poundbury businesses and shops to sign them up to the scheme. Businesses and shops supporting the campaign will display a poster in their window and there is also an App available for visitors and residents to check where they can get their water bottle refilled.

Dorset County Council’s Dorset Waste Partnership thanked the children for their work and revealed that a staggering 84 million plastic bottles are thrown away in Dorset every year.

The children met HRH The Prince of Wales on Monday and had the opportunity to talk to him about their work with the Refill Poundbury campaign. The school has also been active in collecting printer cartridges and toners for recycling with a public collection point in place at Waitrose Poundbury.

Refill Poundbury stations include: Active Mobility, Angel Cake Company, Brace of Butchers, Gallery on the Square, Magpie, Bramble Café, Parkers estate agents, Stitchinghouse Design, Symonds & Sampson, Duchess of Cornwall Inn, Poundbury Florist and Yard.


To find out more details of the scheme in Dorset visit Litter Free Dorset

For details of where you can fill up click on the site’s handy map here


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