Thursday, 30 March 2017

Charge urged for coffee cups to reduce waste



Charging for disposable coffee cups could help cut their use by up to 300 million a year, new research suggests.
 
It is estimated that coffee lovers in the UK get through 2.5 billion disposable cups every twelve months - translating into about 25,000 tonnes of waste.


But only about one in 400 is recycled.


That is because they are made from plastic wrapped in paper - and the mixed material makes them hard to recycle.


To make them waterproof, the card is fused with polyethylene - a material that cannot be separated out again in a standard recycling mill.


There are only two sites in the UK where the film is separated from the plastic.


Academics from Cardiff University tested a series of ideas to encourage consumers to use re-usable cups.


In addition to the charge, there were messages reminding people about the environmental impact of single use cups, while free re-usable cups were made available.





SKY     News.