An excellent scheme was launched in April to urge London’s coffee drinkers to recycle their cups.
The City of London Corporation, Network Rail, national coffee retailers and some of the Square Mile’s biggest employers have joined forces in the Square Mile Challenge initiative led by environmental charity Hubbub, in partnership with recycling company Simply Cups. The scheme introduces coffee cup recycling facilities across the City and aims to collect and recycle half a million cups in the City of London throughout April, rising to 5 million by the end of the year.
Over 100 high street coffee retailers are offering recycling facilities and accepting coffee cups in their stores, regardless of where they were purchased.
The numbers are huge – every day up to seven million coffee cups are thrown away across the UK, with less than 1% of these cups thought to be recycled.