Veolia aim to collect 120 million coffee cups by 2019

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Recycling company Veolia has announced that it will collect 120 million coffee cups for recycling in 2019 in the UK. 

This follows successfully working to improve coffee cup recycling with major coffee retailers in the UK. 


The aim is a 300% increase from last year and is a result of the company’s 12-month operations in Costa, Starbucks, McDonald’s and Caffè Nero. 

Aspirations from these chains have been matched by Veolia’s collection and sorting solutions, where coffee cups are segregated in store to prevent contamination, allowing for a more effective process.  

Veolia is already supporting Costa on its cup recycling programme, which aims to recycle as many disposable cups as Costa sells by 2020.  

For every tonne collected for recycling, Costa provide a financial supplement which helps to fund further collections and cup recycling initiatives.  

Veolia UK and Ireland chief technology and innovation officer Richard Kirkman said: “With a storm rightly brewing over disposable coffee cups in recent months, Veolia has responded by intensifying its efforts across the country to collect, sort and recycle millions of coffee cups which would otherwise be discarded. Our in-store and on the go solutions have real potential to capture every coffee cup in the country. 

“We’re heading in the right direction, but there is still plenty more to do, with millions of disposable cups still not entering recycling streams. To continue this progress, more organisations need to provide in-store solutions and more consumers to use them.” 

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