Costa Coffee announces in-store paper cup recycling service

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Customers can recycle their takeaway paper cups at any UK Costa Coffee store, regardless of the brand

British café chain Costa Coffee has announced a new paper cup recycling service across all of its UK stores as it looks at more ways to tackle the takeaway cup waste issue.

Costa is to introduce paper cup recycling points in each of its 2,100-plus cafés following a successful trial at 45 of its stores in Manchester and London. The coffee chain will now roll out the scheme across the entirety of its cafés.

Costa Coffee announces paper cup recycling points across all stores

Costa Coffee will accept all brands of paper cups at its in-store recycling points

In an impressive move, Costa has said that the in-store recycling points will also accept paper cups from other coffee chains, including Starbucks and Café Nero.

Jason Cotta, of Costa UK and Ireland, said: “Our research in Manchester and London shows around 40 cups per day are left in stores, which means we have the potential to recycle 30m Costa cups a year. What’s more, the fact that we will accept competitors’ cups means we could significantly increase that figure.”

The announcement follows a huge push for coffee cup recycling from all major coffee chains, cafés, and fast food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Greggs and KFC.

This unanimous push is the result of a major report published earlier this year which suggested that only 1 in 400 paper cups are recycled in the UK due to the plastic lining surrounding the paper which makes the takeaway cups difficult to recycle.

Since this report, Costa itself has launched a charity programme; the chain donates 25p to a waste charity each time a patron uses a reusable cup at one of its cafés. Additionally, Costa is working with Sheffield University to develop a long-time solution for better paper cup recycling.

The used paper cups collected at Costa’s new recycling points will be collected by the chains waste management firm and then taken to a waste treatment facility, which has the technology in place to recycle this type of waste.

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