Bedford Borough Council and the Harpur Shopping Centre have signed up as Refill Stations, helping Refill Bedford create a network of local places where people can go fill up their reusable water bottle for free.
‘Refill’ is a nationwide campaign working to connect people with thousands of local businesses, community venues, transport hubs and public fountains where they can refill for free.
They have launched a free ‘Refill App’ where anyone can find Refill Stations where they can refill on the go.
“As part of our refurbishment, the Landlord, Tellon Capital incorporated a water fountain within the new high specification toilets so we could promote sustainability and increase footfall by becoming a refill station,” explained the Harpur Centre’s Samantha Laycock.
“We immediately signed the Harpur Centre up to the Refill project and since its installation, we have already saved 3,759 bottles according to the counter on the fountain.
“Our retailer Greggs is also on the scheme and it is great to see that the Bedford Borough Council have also now joined the initiative too.”
Also within the Harpur Centre is a new ‘Recycling Area’ so plastic can be disposed of through our Centre’s zero to landfill waste stream.
As part of Bedford Borough Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency, it is working to become ‘single-use’ plastic free by the end of 2020, and is joining this growing movement to take action against plastic pollution.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said, “We have always been proactive about tackling climate change, working to reduce our carbon emissions and have seen a 62% reduction since 2010.
“I am very proud that Borough Hall is joining this Refill movement, making it easier for local people to live green.”
A sticker will be placed on the front of Borough Hall showing its status as a Refill Station, which means anyone is welcome to come in and refill their water bottle at the water fountain in the Reception area.
Cory Walker, Refill Bedford Organiser said, “Who needs to buy bottled water anymore? Using a refillable bottle is better for our environment and the more Refill Stations we have everywhere, the quicker it is to have access to free tap water and to be able to refill.
“Bringing this to Bedford is exciting and we are looking forward to see who will support us with the campaign.”
Find out more and download the Refill App at www.refill.org.uk