Hubbub and Starbucks launches coffee cup recycling fund

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
At least 10 large-scale programmes will receive the funding

Environmental charity Hubbub has announced a series of paper cup recycling programmes across the UK with Starbucks.

The Cup Fund, financed by Starbucks, will offer grants between £50,000 and £100,000 to 10 large-scale programmes, helping to deliver long term infrastructure.

Hubbub estimates there is now enough capacity in the UK to recycle all paper cups used.

Yet due to the plastic lining in the cups, they need to be collected separately.

The Cup Fund therefore encourages applications from a range of organisations such as local authorities, recycling companies and property owners which want to increase infrastructure but lack funds.

Trewin Restorick, CEO and founder of Hubbub, said: “We know that local authorities and building managers are committed to achieving their recycling targets but with increased strain on their budgets, investing in infrastructure is difficult.

“We’re looking for ambitious, large-scale projects that will transform cup recycling in high footfall areas.”

Winning schemes will be selected by an independent panel including LARAC and CIWM.

Starbucks introduced a 5p charge on paper cups in 2018 with all processed donated to Hubbub to carry environmental projects that increase recycling as well as behaviour change studies.

The Environmental Audit Committee recommended a 25p 'latte levy' on paper coffee cups, yet this has been rejected by government.

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