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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Refill hits 122

A LIGHTHOUSE and a politician’s office are among the 122 official water ‘Refill’ points in the region.

The Refill project was launched last October by the Crichton Carbon Centre (CCC), which has been working with businesses and visitor attractions locally to get them to sign up and provide free tap water to the general public who wish to refill water bottles instead of buying bottled water.

The overall aim is to reduce the use of single use plastics in everyday life.

A CCC spokeswoman said: “The response across the region has been incredible with overwhelming support from community groups, businesses, charities, members of the public and the media. The plastics issue really has everyone talking and more importantly taking action. There are so many people doing so much to reduce plastics, both as individuals, community groups or as part of their business.

“The centre has been inundated with requests for talks and informa- tion and we are very grateful for all the support we have received. We are now working towards develop- ing a much larger project which will further support individuals, schools, communities and businesses in finding solutions for reducing plastic use.”

Meanwhile, businesses and others can still sign up to be Refill points, by adding their details on to the official app, via www.refill.org.uk.

Refill UK is growing by the day and commenting on the Dumfries and Galloway movement, Gus Hoyt, from Refill UK, said: “It has been an absolute joy working with the Crichton Carbon Centre to bring Refill to Scotland. Not only was Dumfries and Galloway the first Refill scheme in Scotland, but they also signed-up our first working lighthouse in Galloway as a Refill station – which is just brilliant!”

  • Pictured above: Jayne Murdoch, of CCC, with Emma Harper MSP, right

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