First chippy in Blackpool signs up for ReFILL scheme

Shelby Mercer and Matt Rady from Cameron's Fish & Chips have joined the ReFILL campaign
Shelby Mercer and Matt Rady from Cameron's Fish & Chips have joined the ReFILL campaign
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A chippy worker brought in a raft of environmentally-friendly changes after taking over the business.

Mat Rady has worked at Cameron’s Fish and Chips in Highfield Road, South Shore, and took charge at the start of the month.

He’s now serving his hearty grub in cardboard boxes instead of polystyrene, using wooden forks on the counter instead of plastic, and has backed LOVEmyBEACH’s ReFILL campaign.

By posting a blue sticker in the window, the 23-year-old is pledging to give passers-by free tap water refills to reduce waste caused by throwaway drinks. He said he and his partner, Shelby Mercer, were inspired by Sky Ocean Rescue’s Plastic Whale tour, which saw a 10m long blue whale made from recycled plastic plonked on the Promenade last summer.

“She saw ReFill and thought, ‘Why don’t we do it?,” he said. “It’s the perfect opportunity.”

The Gazette is campaigning to get 200 businesses to back ReFILL. To get involved, email editorial@blackpoolgazette.co.uk with the subject line ‘ReFILL’, or call (01253) 361726.