Costa Coffee commits to recycling 500m coffee cups a year

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Costa plans to recycle 500 million coffee cups a year

Costa Coffee has committed to recycling the same volume of cups it puts onto the market by 2020.

In a bid to stop the cups ending up in landfill, the coffee chain will aim to recycle up to 500 million coffee cups a year.

Costa will pay a supplement of £70 to waste collectors for every tonne of cups collected.

It hopes to be commercially and financially attractive for the collectors to set up the infrastructure and processes to collect, sort and transport the cups.

The announcement follows a partnership with Veolia, Biffa, SUEZ, Grundon and First Mile.

Currently only three paper mills in the UK, James Cropper, ACE UK and DS Smith, can recycle the cups.

Costa predicts the value of one tonne of cups will raise from around £50 to £120, a 140% increase.

Dominic Paul, managing director for Costa, said: “Following today’s announcement up to 100 million cups will be recycled this year alone and if the nation’s other coffee chains sign up, there is no reason why all takeaway cups could not be recycled by as early as 2020.”

Costa also offers a 25p discount to all customers who use a reusable cup and recently announced it will remove all plastic straws from its stores.

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