Futures Forum: Sidmouth: a town of charity shops and coffee shops?
How many of them serve take-away drinks in recylable or even biodegradable cups?
ess than 1% of takeaway coffee cups get recycled – or “dramatically less than 1%” in the striking phrase of Peter Goodwin, co-founder of the UK’s only paper-coffee-cup recycling business. It takes a specialist company, because the plastic used to laminate the cups has to be removed before the paper is pulped. A bit like the fruit juice cartons that, as any eager recycler will know, are not to be confused with cardboard and are processed alongside paper cups in Stainland, West Yorkshire, at the UK’s only carton recycling plant.
Think before you drink – about how to recycle your coffee cup | Susanna Rustin | Opinion | The Guardian
This is disingenuous because cups are not 100% recyclable
How coffee chains like Starbucks trick customers into thinking paper cups are recycled | Metro News
Concern is mounting everywhere:
Takeaway coffee cups driving hidden plastic catastrophe - YouTube
Takeaway coffee cups piling up in landfill as Australia's caffeine habit soars - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
With politicians in the UK arguing where to go next:
Conservative war over disposable coffee cup tax | Daily Mail Online
Disposable coffee cups could be taxed like plastic bags, Environment Minister says | UK Politics | News | The Independent
Disposable coffee cups tax: what's the solution to all this waste?
Government has 'no plans' to tax coffee cups - BBC News
Meanwhile, the public would clearly like something to be done about it - which the packaging industry is recognising:
Rise in consumer demand for compostable takeaway cups | Packaging News
The New Economics Foundation has some ideas on how to tackle this issue:
Banning takeaway cups? Time to smell the coffee
MARCH 18, 2016 // BY: DAVID POWELL
An outright ban
Banning takeaway cups? Time to smell the coffee | New Economics Foundation