Camden mounts paper cup recycling project

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
The project aims to collect 570,000 coffee cups in Camden

Veolia and Camden Climate Change Alliance have teamed up on a project to recycle more than half a million disposable coffee cups in the London borough.

The Camden Recycles Cups project will bring coffee cup recycling to offices and coffee shops.

Businesses and independent cafes in the borough will be offered free cup recycling collections, and Veolia will also collect paper cups separately on the street to reduce on-street bin contamination.

The project aims to collect 570,000 coffee cups in Camden.

These will be sent to dedicated facilities where the cups’ outer cardboard layer will be separated from their plastic lining so they can be recycled into new products, boosting the circular economy.

The project is funded by a £50,000 grant from Hubbub’s The Cup Fund, which is supporting paper cup recycling targets across the country.

Almost 3 billion coffee cups are used each year in the UK, but only 4% of them are currently being recycled.

Adam Harrison, cabinet member for improving Camden’s environment, said: “Every small change we make in our day to day lives helps in the fight against climate change.

“Using a reusable cup for takeaway coffee will reduce the amount of waste we collect.

“However, when it comes to takeaway coffee cups, we understand there is still a lot of confusion around how to correctly dispose of them and we want to make it easier for people to use the right bins.

“Climate change is an issue for everyone on this planet and by working together we can tackle it, one coffee cup at a time.”


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