The Year of the Environment
2019 is a year of celebration of our environment and a chance for us all to work together to make a positive change to this planet.
This month is Plastic Free July. This is a global movement which helps people be part of the solution to beat plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities.
To celebrate this, we have launched our 'Refill' scheme. This is a nationwide scheme that has been launched in more than 200 towns and cities so far! The scheme is all about making free tap water more easily accessible to the public.
The new social norm is changing, with more and more people carrying reusable/refillable bottles rather than buying single-use plastic bottles of water.
To encourage this, local businesses are being signed up to the scheme. This means they are happy to provide you with a free top up of your bottle with no obligations. They will appear on the official Refill app as well as having a sticker in their window. A brand new water station has also been installed in Park Mall, which you can go to for a top up! The aim is to drive down plastic usage/pollution, save money and contribute to healthier drinking.
There was an official launch on Saturday 6 July 2019 in the High Street to reveal the new station. South East Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust were also there to talk to Ashford residents.
All the local businesses which have signed up so far are listed below:
|Stag Coffee||Town Centre|
|Cafè Madeleine||Town Centre|
|The Little Teapot||Town Centre|
|The Kings Head||Wye|
|New Flying Horse||Wye|
|The Pheasant Pub||Kennington|
|Vision Hair & Beauty||Charing|
|The Flying Horse||Boughton Lees|
|The Black Horse||Pluckley|
|The Swan Inn||Little Chart|
|Lost Sheep Coffee||Designer Outlet|
|Singleton Environment Centre||Singleton|
|The Lemon Tree||Tenterden|
|Mr. Bean Coffee Shop||Tenterden|
|Savannah Coffee Shop||Tenterden|
|Café & Pie 'N' Mash Shop||Willesborough|
|Rain Fish & Grill||Willesborough|