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April launch for London coffee cup recycling scheme

31 January 2017

An initiative to recycle disposable coffee cups has been described as "the UK's biggest push to date" to tackle the issue.

Organised by environmental charity Hubbub, in partnership with recycling company Simply Cups, it will focus on London's Square Mile, which has the UK's biggest concentration of office workers.

It has already signed up national coffee retailers, a number of the Square Mile's biggest employers such as Lloyd's and Eversheds as well as the City of London and Network Rail.

The aim of the Square Mile Challenge is to introduce coffee cup recycling facilities across the city.

Hubbub further states that up to 7m coffee cups are thrown away every day in the UK, with less than 1% recycled.

Low rates of recycling are usually due to the plastic film on the inside of the cups, preventing them from being recycled with other items.

Disposable cups recycled during the Square Mile Challenge will be processed to create either a plastic or recovered fibre material and used to items ranging from pencils to park benches and donated to community projects and schools.

Supporters of the scheme include Bunzl Catering Suppliers, Cost, Marks and Spencer, McDonald's, Nestle, Pret A Manager, Starbucks and coffee cup manufacturers.

An incentive is in place for the first 30 businesses with over 500 employees to sign up in the form of a year's free members to the Simply Cups collection service.

All of those involved in the Square Mile Challenge can benefit from discounted collection rates.

Further information is available at http://squaremilechallenge.co.uk


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