coffee drinkers can now recycle plastic-lined cups
and Highbridge coffee drinkers are now able to recycle single-use
plastic-lined paper coffee cups from High Street cafe and takeaway
chains for the first time.
Isleport Recycling Centre has begun taking the plastic-lined paper
cups amid growing concern about the environmental impact of discarding
huge quantities of the cups.
this week called for a 25p 'latte levy' to invest in recycling and
encourage drinkers to carry their own reusable mugs.
plastic-lined paper cups can now be recycled at the Highbridge centre
in the skip for Tetra Pak-style food and drink cartons.
while cups and cartons are not yet taken in Somerset kerbside collections,
this will change when a new 'Recycle More' service is rolled out
Waste Partnership says the UK throws away 2.5 billion single-use
coffee cups a year - and less than 1% of coffee cups are currently
adds that the cups and cartons are a complex construction of layered
plastic and paper; they are difficult to recycle and are dealt with
at a specialist facility in Halifax.
Waste Partnership managing director Mickey Green said: "Reusable
mugs or taking coffee in a flask are the best on-the-go alternatives
to single-use cups, but its great news that single-use cups
are now easier to recycle."
important that these will be recycled in the UK, helping us maintain
our track record of recycling 96% of materials we collect in the
made it clear that while single-use cups can be recycled at a dozen
Somerset recycling sites, plastic items, such as straws, cup lids
and stirrers cannot. These should be added to residents rubbish,
but Recycle More will enable residents to recycle much more plastic
waste at the kerbside.
Isleport recycling centre is open Mondays from 8am - 7pm; Thursdays
through to Saturdays from 8am - 4pm; and Sundays from 8am - 1pm.
cup initiative is the result of a collaboration between industry
body the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment - which
pays for the skips at recycling sites - and High Street firms, including
Caffe Nero, Costa, Greggs, McDonalds, Nestlé, Pret
A Manger and Starbucks.
also follows campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls recent
War on Waste TV show, which focused on coffee shops.
week, The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee called
on the Government to introduce a 25p single-use charge to a takeaway
coffee, with the money used to ensure cups and other food and drink
packaging is recycled.
the four smallest Somerset recycling sites at Castle Cary, Cheddar,
Dulverton and Somerton are currently unable to offer the cup recycling
service as there is not room.