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Poppy's Pantry in Melton pushes the bottle initiative

PUBLISHED: 08:25 18 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:33 18 June 2019

Daniel Warren refills at Poppy's Pantry in Melton to highlight National Refill Day 2019 Picture: REALISE FUTURES

Daniel Warren refills at Poppy's Pantry in Melton to highlight National Refill Day 2019 Picture: REALISE FUTURES

Picture: REALISE FUTURES

Fill up your water bottles at Wilford Bridge Road and help towards the plastic problem

Nicky Goldsmith and Sheryl Dawson do their bit for National Refill Day 2019 Picture: REALISE FUTURESNicky Goldsmith and Sheryl Dawson do their bit for National Refill Day 2019 Picture: REALISE FUTURES

As part of the Realise Futures scheme, a social enterprise which provides specialist support to people with disabilities and disadvantages, staff from Poppy's Pantry at Wilford Bridge Road in Melton are raising awareness of the National Refill Campaign day on Wednesday, June 19.

The public awareness campaign tries to encourage people to refill reusable water bottles and Poppy's Pantry has been offering this service for almost 10 years now. Last year it refilled nearly 5,000 plastic bottles, helping to prevent plastic pollution and promoting the use of refillable products.

Realise Futures Business Systems Director, Jane Sutton said: "One of our customers told us they have been refilling the same shampoo bottle for 19 years. That's the oldest known bottle we've refilled.

"It's cheaper for people to do their bit in this way, too - we estimate that when people refill a used bottle with us, it costs approximately £1.50 less than buying a new bottle.

"Our staff are geared up to take part in National Refill Day and we'd be delighted to see anyone who wants to fill up their water bottle at the shop, as we are proud to be part of the refill scheme."

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