This year Council is backing RefillNZ as they launch their Refill Challenge, asking people to give up your plastic
bottled water and sugary drink habits for 30 days to use reusable water bottles and refill at the tap instead.
In collaboration with Tāiki e!, the YMCA and GDC summer student intern Petra Sparks, GDC has supported RefillNZ to register local refill sites, subsidising 25 local businesses to join the campaign and registering all GDC water fountains as well.
“Council wants to support 10 further local businesses to register with RefillNZ,” said Darnelle Timbs, Council’s waste
“Participating ‘sites’ or businesses receive a RefillNZ sticker for their window to show they are a refill station where
people can fill up their water bottle for free, and are registered on the RefillNZ app and website. If your business
would like to join the RefillNZ campaign and help keep Tairāwhiti hydrated and reduce plastic pollution contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RefillNZ has a useful map on their website and you can download the app to locate where you can refill when you’re out
and about in Tairāwhiti, or at one of the 2,500 sites across New Zealand. Further information available at www.refillnz.org.nz
The current Refill Challenge is run by RefillNZ, with funding from the Ministry for the Environment Waste Minimisation
Fund. Their goal is to stop the tide of single-use plastic bottles and for more people to rehydrate with tap water.
“There’s so much sense in this challenge,” Ms Timbs said.
“It takes three litres of water to produce a one-litre water bottle, so refilling your reusable bottle actually saves
water, saves money, and reduces waste.
“Only one in five plastic bottles gets recycled. To reduce the impact of plastic waste in landfill and the environment
we encourage refilling your reusable bottle, and there’s no shortage of taps around town which can now be located via
the RefillNZ website or app.”
If you sign up to take the Refill Challenge at www.refillchallenge.org.nz
you’ll be in the running for a prize, and RefillNZ will send tips, tricks and other useful information to help keep you
motivated, such as an impact calculator to work out how much plastic you’ve reduced, as well as how much sugar you’ve
“This is a fun way to get on board, and you could even make a permanent switch to refills and reusables,” Ms Timbs said.