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With the school holidays, UK staycations and summer day trips in full swing as lockdown has eased in recent weeks, City to Sea, the environmental organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source, said there has been a huge increase in littering across the UK on our streets, parks and beaches as the public head out to enjoy the sunshine with friends and family.

To reduce littering and waste, consumers are being encouraged to choose to reuse by opting to take reusable water bottles, coffee cups and lunchboxes with them to fill up on the go, rather than buying single-use plastic items.

City to Sea’s Refill campaign encourages people to download the free Refill app which connects people to places they can eat, drink and shop without plastic.

In Bedford, consumers can refill at over 35 venues including Wholefoods, The Store and the Harpur Centre.

Local Refill Coordinator, Cory Walker, said:

“As the public get back out and about, enjoying their summer holidays I hope they will choose to reuse and bring a water bottle with them.

“We have over 35 places to refill here in Bedford, we can all join together to make a difference and reduce single use in our community and stay hydrated.”

City to Sea said it has worked with experts to develop guidance for businesses to support them in safely accepting reusables. This includes safe water refills, how to serve contactless coffee, and takeaway packaging guidance – all found in the COVID and Reusables Hub.

Coordinated by City to Sea, Refill works by connecting people looking for drinking water with hundreds of thousands of Refill Stations across the world via a free location-based app.

Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their reusable.

The app has been downloaded over 350,000 times and there are now over 274,000 Refill Stations across the world.

City to Sea is encouraging people to try and reduce the amount of plastic waste they create over the summer holidays by:

  • Carrying a reusable bottle or coffee cup when out and about
  • Downloading the FREE Refill app to find Refill stations for a free water refill or a #ContactlessCoffee
  • Supporting local businesses and celebrating the amazing, planet protecting businesses that ARE accepting reusables by showing them some love on social media and with your wallets
  • If you find a business that’s NOT accepting refills, share City to Sea’s #ContactlessCoffee campaign and the Refill water guidance to help them get back on board, tag them on social media & ask them to join the #RefillRevolution
Summer Of Refills 2021