Global coffee chain Starbucks and environmental charity Hubbub have joined hands to fund a £1 million initiative that will help expand and improve paper recycling facilities in the UK. This fund is financed by the 5p paper cup charge levied by Starbucks last year to control the overuse and wastage of disposable cups.
Although there are now enough specialist recycling facilities in the UK to recycle all the paper cups used, there remains the challenge of collecting the cups and getting them there. The tricky issue has been the plastic film on the inside of paper cups that means they can rarely be recycled with other mixed recycling. As a result, one in 400 cups is recycled and the rest end up in landfill.
The new scheme aims to increase the number of drop-off points needed to collect the cups separately and provide clearer communication to help consumers recycle effectively.