Costa vows ‘cup recycling revolution’

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The United kingdoms’s biggest coffee chain Costa Espresso has said it will recycle as many throw away cups as it sells by 2020 in a “cup recycling revolution”.

Under the scheme, 500 mil coffee cups a year would be reused, including some sold by competitors, it said.

It is going to encourage waste collection firms to gather the cups by paying all of them a supplement of £ seventy a tonne.

About 2 . 5 billion throw away coffee cups are thrown away every year in the UK and 99. 75% are not reused .

They have got a mixture of paper and plastic within their inner lining – designed to get them to both heat- and leak-proof.

Environmental campaigners have welcomed Costa’s move.

Costa managing director Dominic Paul told the BBC the particular move was “a cup-recycling revolution”.

“By the end associated with 2020, we’ll effectively be cup-neutral. We’ll be recycling as many mugs as we put into the system, ” he or she said.

Costa mentioned “misconceptions” had arisen about regardless of whether a coffee cup could be reused because of the plastic layer, which experienced “previously been considered difficult to separate”.

‘Financially attractive’

However , the string, which has more than 2, 380 limbs in the UK, said: “The actual problem lies in collecting the cups after they have been disposed of correctly. ”

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Costa and other espresso chains do have recycling collection factors for cups in their branches, several takeaway coffees are consumed somewhere else, including in offices and on the road.

Under its brand new scheme, Costa will pay a health supplement of £ 70 for every tonne of cups collected to waste materials collectors, plus £ 5 for each tonne to to a firm which will check the scheme is running since it should.

As a result, waste materials collectors will get on average £ 120 for every tonne of cups these people collect, up from £ fifty – a 150% increase.

The idea is to make it “commercially and financially attractive” for waste materials collectors to put in place infrastructure to deal with the cups – from setting up collection points in offices plus elsewhere, to sorting them plus taking them to recycling plants.

Five waste selection firms have been involved in developing the newest scheme: Veolia, Biffa, Suez, Grundon and First Mile.

Grundon’s sales and marketing movie director, Bradley Smith, said Costa had been helping to create the right conditions meant for paper cups to become a valuable reused material.

“This offers increased stability and confidence on the market, which will help waste management companies such as Grundon to extend paper cup recycling where possible services to more customers, inch he added.

Inviting the announcement, Gavin Ellis, co-founder of environmental charity Hubbub, mentioned there had been a significant increase in the particular UK’s recycling facilities over current months, and “the biggest problem now is to make sure the used mugs are collected and make it to the particular recycling plants”.

Plus Environment Minister Therese Coffey congratulated Costa on taking a “significant action to help coffee lovers do the correct thing and increase recycling”.