Habib from Caffee Kimbo Luton station retailers commit to free passenger water refill scheme Image: GTR

National Refill Day to help reduce single use plastics

Retailers at Bedford and Flitwick train stations have committed to a campaign to reduce single-use plastic bottle by offering free tap water refills for passengers.

National Refill Day (Wednesday 19 June) is designed to reduce single-use plastic bottles by encouraging people to carry a reusable water bottle and refill on the go.

Part of the campaign is highlighting where members of the public can find free drinking water through the Refill app. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Environment team has signed up 33 retailers across its stations to support the project.

Samantha Lear, environment manager for Govia Thameslink Railway, said:

“GTR is supporting Refill to help reduce plastic waste, an important issue which needs action on a personal as well as national level.

“We are so pleased to see so many of our retailers sign up as refill points with our teams of ACEs and hope that many more will follow soon.”

Research has found that 71% of people feel uncomfortable asking for free tap water when not making a purchase. Refill logs all participating retailers on their app so that consumers can find the closest shop, cafe or restaurant taking part in the scheme.

According to Refill, if 1 in 10 people in Britain refilled a bottle rather than buying a single use plastic bottle just once a week, around 340 million plastic bottles would be saved each year.

Retailers at the following Govia Thameslink Railway stations have signed up to the scheme:

  • Bedford
  • Berwick
  • Blackfriars
  • Brighton
  • City Thameslink
  • East Croydon
  • Elephant & Castle
  • Epsom
  • Flitwick
  • Letchworth Garden City
  • Lewes
  • Littlehampton
  • Luton
  • Luton Airport Parkway
  • New Cross Gate
  • Peterborough
  • Seaford
  • St Albans
  • St Neots
  • Three Bridges
  • West Hampstead Thameslink