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No more disposable cups for Waitrose from autumn 2018

10 April 2018

Supermarket Waitrose has announced that it will cease to use disposable drinks cups this year, adding more momentum to the drive to reduce waste.

It has previously been reported that 2.5bn disposable cups are thrown away every year in the UK.

Recycling these has proved difficult due to the plastic lining of the cups, but the continued drive to address the issue has seen a number of initiatives emerge.

The government is currently considering the 'latte levy' previously reported by PFM, following the Environmental Audit Committee proposing a 25p tax to fund recycling and reprocessing activities.

Starbucks also began its trial in January of charging an extra 5p for customers using disposable cups.

Additional initiatives have also been previously held in both Canary Wharf and central London.

Waitrose has announced that disposable cups will be removed from nine of its stores by the end of this month.

The stores involved are Banbury, Billericay, Ipswich, Newmarket, Norwich, Sudbury, Wymondham, Upminster in East London and Fitzroy Street in Cambridge.

Members of the store's loyalty scheme will continue to be offered free tea or coffee from self-service machines, although they will be required to use their own reusable cup.

It plans to continue to extend the scheme to the rest of its 350 stores around the UK with completion due in the autumn.

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