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London offering free water refills

London is trialling free water bottle refills in bid to cut plastic waste, The Guardian claims.

The National Theatre and Tate Modern are joining an initiative offering people free tap water refills as part of the mayor of London’s plans to reduce purchases of single-use plastic bottles in the city.

Shops and businesses including Costa Coffee and Leon have also signed up to the trial scheme, which will involve more than 65 outlets in five areas of London.

They will be listed on a free app and website along more than 5,700 additional refill locations across the UK, and will also advertise the service with stickers in their windows.

London is following cities such Bristol and Bath which have spearheaded the Refill movement. 

The Refill London scheme will initially operate in Greenwich town centre, Lewisham high street, the Southbank and Bankside, Regent Street and London Bridge.

The zoological society of London will evaluate the first phase of the scheme, which will feed into plans for a wider rollout as early as the summer. 

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