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WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre stops sale of single use plastic bottles

WDC is ramping up its efforts to help reduce plastic pollution by introducing a free water refill station for walkers, cyclists and all visitors to the café at our Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay.

The Centre will no longer sell water or other drinks in single use plastic bottles as part of our wider campaign to reduce plastic waste use across WDC.

A range of cold drinks will still be available in cans and glass bottles and the Centre will now feature on the Refill app, which shows over 1,600 places across the UK where you can refill your bottle with free tap water.

The cafe already offers 10% off any hot drink when visitors bring their own reusable cup. When you purchase an E-Coffee cup in the Centre shop, you also get your first hot drink for free!

More than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world. Plastic pollution is a growing threat to whales and dolphins as well as seabirds and other marine creatures. Fifty-six percent of all whale and dolphin species, from small fish-eating dolphins to the largest filter feeding whales, have been recorded eating marine plastics they’ve mistaken for food.

‘With plastics causing such problems for whales and dolphins, we want to make sure we are doing all we can to reduce plastic use here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre. We are delighted to be able to offer a free water refill station to support our visitors in their efforts to help the environment,’ said Alison Rose, WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre manager (pictured).

The shop at the Centre also stocks refillable water bottles from our partner, BRITA.

The Scottish Dolphin Centre will be open for the weekend of 24th and 25th March, and then 7 days a week from 30th March. Opening hours are 10:30am until 5pm.

For more information on the plastics issue, its effect of whales and dolphins, and how you can help, go to WDC’s #NotWhaleFood site and join the battle against plastic pollution.