Costa is set to put a big order on for more swing bin liners as it has made a commitment to recycle more of its own takeaway cups, as well as those from other stores.
Customers will now be able to recycle their coffee cups, no matter where they got it from, in one of Costa’s 2000 stores across the country from January.
The move follows a successful trial that was run across London and Manchester. Starbucks is also joining in the green trend with its trial of a fully recyclable coffee cup, with a plastic insert that is removable from the paper cup, meaning they can go into two separate waste streams.
The mixed material nature of coffee cups makes them difficult to recycle and take away coffee cups are rarely recycled because of this. In fact just one in 400 are recycled meaning a huge number end up in landfill.
It is hoped that by providing more recycling points for customers to use, the total number of coffee cups reaching landfill will be reduced over time.
Jason Cotta, the managing director of Costa UK and Ireland told the Guardian newspaper: “Our research in Manchester and London shows around 40 cups per day are left in stores, which means we have the potential to recycle 30m Costa cups a year. What’s more, the fact that we will accept competitors’ cups means we could significantly increase that figure.”
The recycling will be carried out by Costa’s waste partner, Veolia, which will take the coffee cups to a specialist recycling facility.