Waitrose ban all takeaway disposable coffee cups in stores

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Waitrose said the ban will save more than 52 million cups a year

Waitrose has said it will remove all takeaway disposable coffee cups from its shops by autumn 2018.

Customers will be asked to bring their own reusable cup rather than being offered a disposable one, saving more than 52 million cups per year, according to Waitrose.

The supermarket will initially remove disposable cups in nine branches from 30 April before rolling out the measures across all stores.

Tor Harris, head of sustainability and responsible sourcing, said: “We believe removing all takeaway disposable cups is the right thing to do for our business and are confident the majority of customers will support the environmental benefits. It underlines our commitment to plastic and packaging reduction and our aim is to deliver this as quickly as possible.”

Waitrose has also committed to not sell any own label food in black plastic beyond 2029 and make all own-label packaging widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025.

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