Blackpool hoteliers join ReFILL water revolution

Caryn Dickson wants all hotels in Blackpool to sign up for the ReFILL campaign
Caryn Dickson wants all hotels in Blackpool to sign up for the ReFILL campaign
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One of Blackpool’s longest established family-run hotels has signed up for the ReFILL scheme.

Despite the Adelaide House Hotel selling bottles of water, owner Caryn Dickson said she is willing to forfeit that cash in order to help keep our beaches free of rubbish.

She said: “We got involved because there’s too much plastic being thrown away and we want our beach to stay clean. All the hotels in Blackpool should do it really.”

Caryn and her husband Derek run the hotel, which has been in the family for 56 years, and its chambermaids and housekeepers already recycle items left in the room.

Guests are also asked to bring their plastics down to be disposed of properly.

And the ReFILL sticker, posted in reception inviting people to ask for free tap water refills, has proven to be a further boost to the environment.

“We have Icelandic dancers in – they come every year – and they drink gallons of water, and they have been asking for refills after seeing the sticker,” Caryn added.

The Gazette is calling on 200 businesses in Blackpool to back LOVEmyBEACH’s campaign, which aims to tackle the number of plastic bottles washing up on our coastline by encouraging firms to offer free tap water.

It comes after research showed most people are too scared to go in and ask for it through a simple fear of asking.

So far, a number of restaurants, cafes, and hotels have thrown their weight behind the scheme, including three branches of global fast food giant McDonalds.

Others include Compass Cafe in Birley Street, Blackpool town centre, Number One St Luke’s and Number One South Beach’s hotels, and the Honest Crust sandwich shop in Layton.

Waitrose recently announced plans to remove all disposable coffee cups from its shops by this autumn, as part of efforts to reduce plastics and packaging.

Members of the myWaitrose loyalty scheme will still be able to get free tea or coffee from self-service machines as a reward for shopping at the supermarket, but will be asked to use a reusable “keep cup”, the company said.

The Gazette is recruiting 200 local businesses to the ReFILL campaign. 
Get involved by emailing editorial@blackpoolgazette.co.uk with the subject header ‘ReFILL’, or call 01253361726.