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.