In a bid to help reduce plastic waste, Bankside has become one of five areas in London to trial a free tap water 'refill' initiative.
Shops and businesses across Bankside will help cut plastic waste by encouraging free tap water refills. The Mayor of London is supporting the pilot of the Refill London scheme which is run by Thames Water and City to Sea, a campaign group that aims to help stop ocean pollution. Bankside and South Bank are one of five areas chosen to pilot the scheme in London, and if this proves a success the Mayor plans to help roll the scheme out across the capital over the summer. With the likes of Tate Modern and Borough Market getting involved, visitors to Bankside can now access free tap water 'refills' from a variety of local businesses.
You can find the current locations of Bankside's refill stations at refill.org.uk or by downloading the free Refill app. Participating shops and businesses will also have ‘refill’ stickers in their windows letting people know they are offering free tap water.
If you'd like to mark your business as a refill station, you can add your location directly to the app and you will be sent a window sticker in the post. Alternatively, pop into the Better Bankside office to pick one up.
The average London adult buys more than three plastic water bottles every week* - a startling 175 bottles every year per person. In total, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste.
Shirley Rodrigues, the Deputy Mayor of Environment & Energy said: “It is great to work with Better Bankside on helping introduce a free tap water scheme in Bankside. I welcome all of the local retailers and businesses who have got on board and shown their outstanding commitment to reducing unnecessary plastic waste by joining the London Refill scheme. I hope every outlet with a sticker in the window has positive feedback from members of the public enjoying their tap water.
“Simple but significant steps like refilling bottles instead of needlessly buying new ones, can have a major impact on the excessive use of single-use plastic bottles and cups that can end up overflowing our landfill sites, our rivers and oceans. I encourage everyone to download the free London Refill app to see which other local outlets are involved. ”
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Bankside Refill Stations include:
Bedales of Borough
Flat Iron Square
Novotel London Blackfriars
Novotel London City South
The Gentlemen Baristas Coffee House
The School House by The Gentlemen Baristas at Jerwood Space