99.75% of coffee cups not recycled?

Discussion in 'Environment and Science' started by classic33, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. classic33

    classic33 Senior Member

    It's gradually becoming common knowledge that it's not as easy to recycle your takeaway coffee cup as people may have thought.

    It's the mixture of paper and plastic in their inner lining - designed to make them both heat and leakproof - that causes difficulties.

    There are currently only a small number of specialist plants in the UK able to process the disposable used cups, and as a result, the vast majority of them (more than 99.75%) don't get recycled.

    In 2011 it was estimated that 2.5 billion coffee cups were thrown away each year and that figure is likely to be higher now.

    Some of the biggest sellers of coffee in the UK, including Costa and Starbucks, say they have started recycling coffee cups, but that's only if customers dispose of their takeaway cups in store.

    The three biggest coffee retailers in the UK -Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero - all provide incentives for customers to bring in their own reusable mug rather than using a disposable cup.

    Costa and Starbucks offer a 25p discount while Caffe Nero offers double stamps on its loyalty card, which it says is equal in value to 25p.

    Greggs and Pret a Manger - the biggest "food-focused" sellers of coffee according to retail consultancy Allegra Strategies - also have discount schemes. Pret is the most generous with a 50p discount for shunning single-use cups.

    Starbucks has offered a discount for customers in the UK using their own mugs since it opened in 1998, and says about 1.8% of all hot drinks sold are in reusable cups.

    The coffee shop chain is trialling a 5p "latte levy" charge on paper cups in 35 branches in London - a plan proposed on a national level by MPs and rejected by the government in March.

  2. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    Just like tetra packs that milk comes in. Difficult if not impossible to recycle due to being a combination of cardboard and coated in plastic. It is about time that any company that wants to sell products, must make the packaging fully re cyclable, that will soon make these companies come up with a solution. They must be part of the solution, not the problem.
  3. OP

    classic33 Senior Member

    Plain plastic cups with the bulk of the advertising on the cardboard holder.

    There's one or two who get you to use the same cup twice. They could take the old ones back off you. Plastic being easier to recycle.
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