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South Western Railway look to tackle single use plastics

South Western Railway (SWR) expand partnership with ape2o in an attempt to reduce the use of single use plastics.

Vauxhall and Richmond stations have recently launched ape2o water machines and another is soon to be installed at Wimbledon station.

The aim of this partnership is to encourage SWR passengers to reuse their plastic bottles at stations.

Up to 80% of the 7.7bn plastic water bottles bought every year in the UK end up in landfills or the oceans causing untold damage to the environment.

After the successful pilot of an ultra-filtered ape2o water machine at Hampton Court station the three further installations will help SWR become a more eco-friendly network.

Plans are also in place to introduce more machines at stations in London and across the rest of the UK.

SWR also wish to roll out more machines across its network.

SWR explained how the roll out will help the operator become more sustainable.

Amy Dickinson, SWR’s Head of Sustainability said: “At SWR we’re committed to supporting the Less Plastic Pledge through reducing and recycling waste and providing solutions to our customers that help them make sustainable choices.

“Working alongside companies like ape2o helps to encourage all of us to think more sustainably for the future of our planet.”

Anthony Newman, ape2o Founder spoke on the positive impact the partnership with SWR is having on the environment.

Mr Newman said: “We’ve already saved more than 150-thousand plastic bottles from ending up in oceans and landfills with our current machines.

“Our partnership with SWR will now help us to reach millions more passengers, showing them how ditching the plastic can be a force for good.

“We bring the same trusted benefits as bottled water such as convenience, purity, and hydration, but without the plastic and at a fraction of the cost.”

This partnership is a continuation of SWR’s impressive sustainability record.

Since July 2018 all of SWR’s waste has been diverted from landfill and is either recycled or used to generate energy.

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