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Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has registered her constituency office on an app called ‘Refill’ which lets people know that they can refill their water bottles there if they need to.

Ms Cunningham’s office is now the first venue in Perth to be registered with the app and she is encouraging others in the city and across Scotland to follow suit.

Ms Cunningham said:

“The Refill app is a great idea and, while I am happy for my constituency office to be the first in Perth to be registered as a refill spot, I hope it won’t be long before I am followed by many more.

“Even if this was just about being a good neighbour and a decent human being, allowing thirsty passers-by to fill up their water bottles, this would be a good idea but it goes far further than that.

“Between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year – over 80% of it coming from land-based sources. The main contributor is larger plastic litter, including everyday items such as drinks bottles and other types of plastic packaging.

“By publicising the availability of this small service via the Refill app we can provide a network supporting people who choose to carry a refillable water bottle – whether on a walk, a run or just through their normal working day – rather than one or more single-use plastic bottles.

“Reducing our use of plastic is one of the big ecological challenges facing us right now as a society.  Recent wildlife programmes have done a magnificent job in bringing the scale of the issue to the public awareness but it is up to each and every one of us to be part of the solution.  We can all play a small part in a big response by making a commitment to using less plastic.”

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NOTE: More information about the Refill app is available online at Refill.

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