Many coffee shops give the impression their cups are recycled, or at least recyclable.
And yet, because of a plastic film on the inside, very few coffee cups are actually recycled, even if you put them in your own recycling bin at home.
With fewer than 1 in 400 takeaway cups being recycled, your favourite barista’s brew is creating a lot of waste. As many as 2.5 billion take-away coffee cups may be chucked away each year. The vast majority end up in landfill or incinerators.
Some of the big coffee companies have taken small, positive steps recently but far more work is needed.
It’s time this multi-billion pound business was made to wake up and smell the coffee.
That’s why we want Environment Secretary Michael Gove to get the cafe chains to reward you for taking your own cup. He should also ban disposable cups that can’t be recycled and get cafe chains to provide recycling bins. Better latte then never!