Refill Greater Manchester
Aiming to drastically reduce plastic pollution through single use plastic bottles, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Untied Utilities have joined forces with Refill Manchester to make free tap water accessible throughout the region.
With support from local communities setting up small schemes, organisations like Eunomia supporting our pilot fountains project, and Manchester Food and Drink festival signing up as many food and drink organisations as possible, it is looking good for Greater Manchester to be one of the greatest Refillable regions in the UK.
Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester supports the campaign: “We want to make Greater Manchester one of the greenest city regions in Europe. But we will only achieve that if we work together and start to make some serious changes to the way we live our lives and do business together.
“As public acceptance of single-use plastics falls, people are looking for alternatives and ways to make switching easier. Amongst several initiatives across our area, Refill Manchester is a brilliant free and easy way to access water. Whether you are here for a day trip or commuting it has never been easier to find fountains or Refill Stations in cafes, bars and shops.”
“Across Greater Manchester we’re aiming to eradicate single-use plastics and become carbon-neutral by 2038 – a full 12 years ahead of the Government’s target.”
If you’re looking to start a Refill Scheme, we’ve got a guide to help you get started.
What we are doing in Greater Manchester
The campaign already has local Refill Schemes in Sale, Altrincham, Tameside, Bolton, Bury, Ramsbottom and Romiley, run by fantastic volunteer Local Champions, and several fountains are being installed in the Bury Council area as part of a pilot scheme.
If you would like to be part of the solution to single use plastic bottles in Greater Manchester by starting up or supporting a local scheme in your community, get in touch with Regional Coordinator Sarah by email.
Getting involved is easy!
If you’ve got a great idea about getting involved in your local scheme, or you want to set up your own Refill Scheme, we’d love to have you on board.