Reusable coffee cups

May 4th, 2018

Cumbria Waste Group is making its own small contribution to protecting the environment by investing in reusable coffee cups.

We will be giving branded cups to many of our customers across the county, in a bid to raise awareness of the need to reduce the amount of plastic that is not being correctly disposed of.

Charles Riddell Director of Cumbria Waste Group, said: “Plastic, particularly bottles, are relatively easy to recycle but people are still finding it difficult to do. You also only have to look at most roadsides in the UK to see plastic which has been thrown away as litter, instead of being put in recycling containers.

“We now use about 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago but we can optimise their lifespan by recycling and, even more importantly, reusing items as many times as possible.

“Coffee cups are a good example because in the UK we get through some 2.5bn takeaway coffee cups every year.

“This is enough to stretch around the world roughly five and a half times, but just 0.25 per cent of these cups are recycled.”

Takeaway coffee cups are notoriously difficult to recycle as they are sealed with a polyethylene (plastic) lining which is bonded tightly to the paper, and there only three facilities in the UK capable of carrying out the recycling process.

Mr Riddell added: “A reusable coffee cup only needs to be used 15 times to break even on its life cycle, so every use after that is having a positive impact on the planet.

“As a waste management company we are very aware of our own environmental responsibilities and we strive continuously to improve our performance through our operations.

“We can all do more by reducing, reusing and recycling the waste we produce and the coffee cups are a good example of how you can do this.”

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