Pret rolls out coffee cup recycling scheme nationwide

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Almost 90% of Pret’s UK branches will now have a recycling point on the shop floor

Pret a Manger has rolled out its coffee cup recycling scheme to over 350 shops.

Following successful pilots in London, Leeds and Glasgow, Pret customers will not be able to recycle any paper coffee cup, regardless of where it was purchased from.

Almost 90% of Pret’s UK branches will now have a recycling point on the shop floor.

Laua Gutowski, director of strategy and sustainability at Pret, said: “We are absolutely committed to improving recycling rates of our coffee cups and we want it to be as easy as possible for customers – and those passing our shops – to get involved.

“That’s why we have put our recycling points on the shop floor, rather than hidden away behind the counter, and why we’ll happily accept any high street coffee cups, not just those from Pret.”

In January 2017, Pret introduced a 25p discount off hot drinks when customers print a disposable cup, increasing this to 50p in January 2018 which saw a ten-fold increase in reusable cups.

Last month,12 programmes were chosen to receive between £50,000 and £100,00 from a Hubbub and Starbucks grant to develop long-term infrastructure for recycling coffee cups.

Approximately 30,000 tonnes of coffee cups are wasted in the UK each year, with only 0.25% being recycled, according to the Environmental Audit Committee.

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