Costa Coffee vows to boost cup recycling

The UK’s largest espresso chain Costa Espresso has stated it’ll recycle as many disposable cups because it sells by 2020 in a bid to scale back landfill waste.

Beneath the scheme 500m espresso cups a yr can be recycled, together with some bought by rivals, it stated.

It’s going to encourage waste assortment companies to gather the cups by paying them a complement of £75 per tonne.

About 2.5bn disposable espresso cups are thrown away annually within the UK, and almost all – 99.75% – are not recycled.

They’ve a mix of paper and plastic of their internal lining – designed to make them each warmth and leakproof.

Environmental campaigners have welcomed Costa’s transfer.

Costa stated “misconceptions” had arisen about whether or not a espresso cup may very well be recycled due to the plastic layer which had “beforehand been thought-about troublesome to separate”.

‘Financially engaging’

Nonetheless, the chain which has greater than 2,380 branches within the UK, stated: “The precise subject lies in gathering the cups as soon as they’ve been disposed of appropriately.”

Costa and different espresso chains do have recycling assortment factors for cups of their branches, however most takeaway coffees are consumed elsewhere, together with in places of work and on the road.

Beneath its new scheme Costa pays a complement of £75 to the waste collectors for each tonne of cups collected.

In consequence the businesses will get on common £125 for each tonne of cups they acquire, up from £50 – a 150% improve. Nonetheless, £5 per tonne will go to a agency that may test the scheme is working because it ought to.

The concept is to make it “commercially and financially engaging” for waste collectors to place in place infrastructure to deal with the cups – from putting in assortment factors in places of work and elsewhere, to sorting them and taking them to recycling crops.

5 waste assortment companies have been concerned in growing the brand new scheme, Veolia, Biffa, Suez, Grundon and First Mile.

Grundon’s gross sales and advertising and marketing director Bradley Smith stated Costa was serving to to create the suitable situations the place paper cups may develop into a helpful recycled materials.

“This offers elevated stability and confidence available in the market, which is able to assist waste administration corporations like Grundon to increase paper cup recycling providers to extra clients,” he added.

Welcoming the announcement, Gavin Ellis, co-founder of environmental charity Hubbub, stated there had been a major improve within the UK’s recycling services over latest months, and “the largest problem now could be to ensure the used cups are collected and make it to the recycling crops”.

Revealed at Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:00:13 +0000