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Reducing our impact on the environment

(25 April 2018)

Durham University has become the first university in the North of England – and the second in the UK – to join a new campaign aimed at reducing plastic waste.

As part of the ‘Refill’ campaign, staff, students, and members of the public can fill up their plastic water bottles at 11 of the University’s public cafés across its sites in Durham City and Queen’s Campus, Stockton.

The aim of the new scheme – spearheaded by Northumbrian Water – is to cut the use of plastic bottles on the University’s campuses.

Protecting our natural environment

Durham University’s Chief Operating Officer, Jane Robinson, said: “We all have a part to play in protecting and enhancing our natural environment for future generations.

“Signing up to the Refill campaign helps transform our commitment to improving environmental sustainability from words into meaningful actions. We hope others will do the same and support this fantastic initiative.”

President of Durham Students’ Union, Megan Croll, said: “This year Durham Students’ Union has shown commitment to reduce single use plastics. For example, we no longer put straws into drinks served at our bars, and we are looking to provide reusable, rather than single use cups, in our café.

“We enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to be part of this campaign and we hope that students across Durham will engage with this to help to protect our environment.”

Not-for-profit organisation City to Sea has been working with Northumbrian Water to encourage more than 250 businesses in the North East of England to sign up to the Refill scheme.

Find out more

Live in North East England? Find out where you can fill up your water bottle: look out for window stickers in participating businesses or download the Refill app via

All eleven of the University’s public cafés are taking part in the Refill scheme. Staff, students, and members of the public are able to come in and top up their water bottles at the following sites on Durham University’s City and Stockton Campuses:

  1. Library Café
  2. Calman Café
  3. Palatine Centre Restaurant
  4. Chemistry Café
  5. Botanic Garden Visitor Centre
  6. Oriental Museum
  7. Fusion Restaurant – Durham University Business School
  8. Café on the Green
  9. Palace Green Library
  10. Maiden Castle Café
  11. Waterside Café (Queen’s Campus, Stockton).