Learn more about Coffee Cups Recycling in England
The fact that so many coffee cups were ending up in landfill (or incinerated at best), sparked Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to assess it in his TV program called ‘War on Waste’. It is a mission to change the way we think about waste, by challenging the fast food industry and supermarkets to reduce the volume of waste they produce. This created a huge interest in this waste stream and has forced the authorities and the industries to take notice and act on the behalf of the environment.
The challenge with coffee cups recycling in England is the volume we are throwing away on a daily basis, these cups are made of paper coated in plastic, which is why they can hold liquid without leaking all over the place and how they can retain the heat. Some coffee cups are lined in wax instead of plastic to give the same leak and heatproof effect. Determining, which is which can be a difficult task, but they can be treated the same way.
The plastic or the wax is generally coated on the inside of the cup, which is why it still feels like paper when you hold them and any advertising placed on the outside of the cup can soak into the fibres. However, the plastic coat means that these cups cannot be recycled at standard recycling plants. Due to the plastic, they will not break down into pulp, which is why they cannot be turned into recycled paper. While there are some facilities that do recycle materials such as coffee cups, they are rare. In fact, there are currently only three facilities in the United Kingdom that can recycle coffee cups. Recycling coffee cups into a new product is part of the circular economy which is something we are very proud to be a part of.
Furthermore, the items that come with coffee cups also have challenges in recycling them; including napkins and stirrers, as the more mixed waste you have, the harder it is to recycle.
Using a coffee cup recycling service in England can be a huge benefit to you as they can help ensure that all your coffee cups are recycled, increasing your green footprint.
Recycling coffee cups in England is very important as it can reduce the amount of waste your company sends to landfill whilst reducing the disposal costs of your bins. In addition, it will significantly boost your recycling performance, improve your carbon footprint, and achieve your corporate responsibility targets.