There is more good news on the recycling front. Costa has announced that it will recycle up to 500 million coffee cups a year by 2020. This is the equivalent of its entire yearly sales of takeaway cups.
As we know, these coffee cups can be recycled BUT they must be collected correctly and sent to the right recycling plants. Easier said than done. But Costa announced that they will pay to make sure takeaway cups are collected and sent to those paper mills which can recycle them – a supplement of £70 to the waste collectors for every tonne of cups collected.
We currently have three paper mills in the UK that can handle these cups, and with this pledge from Costa, the number of cups recycled will jump from 14 million to 100 million this year!
Dominic Paul, MD for Costa said, “At Costa we want to guarantee our customers that if they throw their cup into the right recycling bin it will get recycled, and this announcement is a major step towards that happening.”