Costa Coffee have announced plans that they are pledging to recycle half a billion disposable cups by 2020, the same amount that they put into the market. They are subsidising waste collectors to collect the coffee cups and transport them to the paper mills that are able to recycle these cups.
Waste companies that Costa are working with are Veolia, Biffa, Suez, Grundon and First Mile, who will receive £70 per tonne of coffee cups collected. Costa are expecting that the new recycling plans to see 100 million cups recycled in 2018, and are increasing the goal to 500 million by 2020.
Managing director at Costa, Dominic Paul, said: “Costa is putting away its money where its mouth is to find an immediate solution to increasing the volume of takeaway coffee cups being recycled in the UK. It also dispels the myth that coffee cups can’t be recycled.
“Following today’s announcement up to 100 million cups will be recycled this year alone and if the nation’s other coffee chains sign up, there is no reason why all takeaway cups could not be recycled by as early as 2020. At Costa we want to guarantee our customers that if they throw their cup into the right recycling bin it will get recycled, and today’s announcement is a major step towards that happening.
“We have set our own target to recycle the same volume of takeaway cups we use every year and call on other cup retailers to join and help build a dynamic market for takeaway coffee cup recycling.”
UK environment minister, Thérèse Coffey said: “Congratulations costa on taking this significant step to help coffee lovers do the right thing and increase recycling. We all have a responsibility to our environment and this is a significant step by a British business which should dramatically increase the number of disposable coffee cups we recycle in this country.
“We want to help companies become plastic fee and through our 25 Year Environment Plan we are putting in place the ambitions to encourage all of us to play our part in ending the scourge of plastic waste in our natural environment.”