William Eichler 22 July 2016

Non-recyclable coffee cups cost millions to dispose of, LGA says

Non-recyclable coffee cups cost millions to dispose of, LGA says image

High street coffee chains must go ‘further and faster’ in developing recyclable cups, councils say.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging coffee giants to do more to ensure their cups are easily recycled because of the cost to councils of dealing with the waste.

An estimated 2.5 billion paper cups are discarded in the UK every year and many of these have plastic coating which must be separated before the cup can be recycled.

The ordinary paper recycling systems used by most councils are not set up to do this.

Most discarded coffee cups end up at landfill sites, creating an estimated 25,000 tonnes of waste which is a significant extra cost to councils.

English councils alone currently have to spend £3.3bn a year on recycling, collecting and disposing of waste.

Cllr Peter Box, the LGA’s environment spokesman, said: ‘Councils, who have experienced substantial budget reductions, are doing everything they can to try and tackle this but they need the industry to step up.

‘This means coffee giants working with councils to find practical solutions. The industry has recently shown signs of heading in the right direction on this issue – but it needs to go further, faster and demonstrate positive and immediate action in developing recyclable cups.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Home Ownership Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£29,000 - £39,200 per annum
Are you motivated by delivering excellent customer service, a varied workload and an opportunity to grow? Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Assistant Head of TriBorough Insurance

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£43,300 - £58,500 per annum
An opportunity to lead the Tri-Borough Insurance Service technical team reporting to the Head of Service. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Educational Psychologist

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£41,200 - £55,800 per annum
Looking for a fully qualified educational psychologist registered with Social Work England, or eligible for such registration. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Social Worker x2 (Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£29,636 - £33,799 per annum
We are looking to recruit 2 full time (37 hours) permanent Social Workers in the Blackheath and Rowley Community Social Work Team.  Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Childcare Solicitors (career graded)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£40,760 per annum progressing to Band I up to £49,538 per annum
You must have the ability to deal with a complex and demanding caseload, with excellent client care skills, and... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue