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 in January 2020.
With £100,000 of funding secured from Hubbub and Starbucks’ The Cup Fund, we will be installing 20 specially designed public coffee cup recycling bins, targeting high footfall areas spanning Tower Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge.
In addition to our on-street campaign, we are offering a new subsidised office collection service for businesses to encourage responsible recycling of their coffee cups.
The Cup Fund Launch
Join us on Tuesday 21 January from 9.30am – 11am for the launch of our coffee cup recycling scheme. The event will be hosted at one of London’s leading sustainable venues, 15Hatfields.
Our guest speakers from Hubbub and Paper Round will set the scene, raising awareness of the problems being caused by paper coffee cups and throwaway culture.
Better Bankside and Team London Bridge will also present on the various ways local businesses and coffee cup retailers can get involved in the project and help contribute to its success in 2020.
If you’d like to find out more about the subsidised office collection service ahead of the launch, please contact Tom Harris: th [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Coffee%20Cup%20Recycling%20Scheme%20)