As we know the UK is addicted to coffee, drinking around 2.5 billion cups a year. That’s 285,000 cups every hour, every day. It helps fuel the nation, but the result is a significant waste problem. Takeaway cups can only be recycled effectively when collected and processed separately as they are a complex fusion of paper and plastic. This leads to most being incinerated, ending up in landfill, or worse still being left as litter on the street.
To help tackle this issue, Better Bankside and Team London Bridge, in partnership with recycling experts Paper Round, are launching a coffee cup recycling scheme. With £100,000 of funding secured from Hubbub and Starbucks’ The Cup Fund, we will be targeting high footfall areas in Bankside and London Bridge. The scheme will see a network of high-profile, public cup recycling bins spanning Tower Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge.
Better Bankside will work closely with Team London Bridge and Paper Round to deliver both the coffee cup recycling service, and education needed to promote responsible recycling by the tens of thousands of employees and millions of visitors. On street campaigns will catch the imagination of passers-by and will raise awareness of the problems being caused by paper coffee cups and throwaway culture.
The project is set to launch in January 2020 and we’ll be announcing more details soon.
If you’d like to get involved in the project or find out more about the subsidised office collection service, please contact Tom Harris: th [at] betterbankside.co.uk