Rotherham is a historic industrial town that sits on the on the banks of the rivers Don and Rother and is passionate about reducing single-use plastics – Welcome to Refill Rotherham.
Rotherham – steel, coal, and water
Rotherham has a history going back to an Anglo Saxon settlment but it was the industrial revolution that really changed the town. In the late 18th century the iron industry grew rapidly. Over the next 200 years Rotherham would become well known as a coal mining town as well as a major contributor to the steel industry. Traditional industries also included glass making and flour milling. Today the town has a population of over 100,000 and is known as the home of the Chuckle Brothers.
Refill Rotherham wants to ensure that drinking water is freely available across the town. The focus is particularly on encouraging small independent businesses, which are such an integral part of our economy and life, and our community centres and facilities, to sign up as Refill Stations. Many household budgets are stretched to breaking point and beyond – Refill stations are one way to reduce the cost of being out and about, actively enjoying our wonderful town. Rotherham also has a small number of homeless who need access to drinking water free of charge. The tap water quality in Rotherham is similar to most bottled water so why pay?
If you’re looking to start a Refill Scheme, we’ve got a guide to help you get started.
The Refill Rotherham Local Champion is Andy of Rotherham Street Kitchen. To get involved you can join the group on Facebook, sign up to being a refill station, or meet us at Rotherham Street Kitchen 18:00 every Monday outside the Halifax bank. Please contact us with novel and new ideas for community action.
We are a passionate, committed group of individuals who are working together to educate local businesses, residents and visitors to change their habits and reduce single-use plastics in the town.
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.