Free drinks to lubricate environmental project

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5-7-19 Limerick City and County Council, Refill.ie Nadia Collins-Sakni & Amy English, Environment Awareness, Urban & Rural Community Development , Limerick City and County Council, Michelle Normile, Sales and Marketing, Absolute Hotel, Deputy Mayor, Limerick City and County Council, Adam Tesky, Melanie Lennon Sales and Marketing Absolute Hotel, Tony and Niall Deegan, Tait House and Fiona McKeon, Abbey River Coffee. Picture; Keith Wiseman

LIMERICK businesses have signed up to a scheme to offer free drink to the public.

In a bid to reduce the number of one-use plastic bottle, Limerick City and County Council is supporting a major voluntary environmental project, Refill.ie

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Launched last Friday by Deputy Mayor Adam Teskey, the initiative encourages the public to refill their reusable bottle for free from commercial locations.

Eleven local businesses have already signed up to support the project including: Sean & Sons Bar, Adare; Lucy Erridge, Adare; FabLab, Rutland Street Butler’s Café, Crescent SC, Bakehouse 22,  St. Mary’s Aid Youth Centre Café, King John’s Castle Café, Nelly’s Corner, The Absolute Hotel,  Abbey River Coffee Shop and Tait House

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Adam Teskey said the project was a win-win for everyone.

“It is a wonderful way to prevent single-use plastic becoming litter or waste.  The project aims to prevent plastic waste through reducing the amount of single-use drinking water plastic bottles we consume in Ireland.

“A very significant portion end up on our streets, waterways and seas but this initiative not alone helps with the environment but will also help keep us healthy, hydrated and even save money at the same time.

“Simply put, if the waste is not created in the first instance, there is no waste management or litter issues. It is a win-win for all involved.”

Sinead McDonnell, Environmental Awareness Officer, for Limerick City and County Council said: “We are delighted that there has been such a positive response to the initiative.  I Our Refill team will be visiting Limerick city in the coming weeks to encourage as many businesses as possible to sign up to this waste-reducing campaign.”