COFFEE shops and cup suppliers have joined forces with one of the city’s main shopping centres to create a cup recycling scheme.
From today Gunwharf Quays will have bins dotted around the shopping centre dedicated to recycling used coffee cups as part of a scheme with Gosport-based Huhtamaki and Simply Cups.
Gunwharf senior marketing manager Yvonne Clay said: ‘Our aim is to recycle 100 per cent of waste from our shopping centre and I don’t think a lot of people know that we have our own recycling centre on site.
‘Our team work incredibly hard with our brands to sort rubbish and ensure as much of it is recycled as possible and this scheme only adds to our ongoing work.’
The used coffee cups will be taken to specialist facilities in the country that can separate the paper from the plastic inside after which both materials can be used for other products which in the past has included packaging for Lush products, bags for Selfridges and high quality writing paper.
Peter Goodwin from Simply Cups said: ‘Recycling coffee cups like this needs to be done on a large scale to make it commercially viable as 60,000 to 70,000 cups will make one tonne so a place like Gunwharf Quays is the ideal place to collect large amounts.
‘At the end of the day consumers want to recycle and we need to make it as easy as possible for them to do so and this scheme does just that.’
Coffee shops in the shopping centre have agreed to take part in the initiative including Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero and the scheme is hoped to be rolled out across other commercial properties in the portfolio of Gunwharf’s owner, Landsec.
Neil Whittal from Huhtamaki, which helped to fund the scheme, said: ‘We did some similar work with Gosport Borough Council and we have now extended that through the Gunwharf team.
‘We feel it is important to work within our local community and help our residents to recycle.’
Ollie Rosevear from Costa Coffee added: ‘We already have a similar scheme running in our stores across the UK and our aim by 2020 is to recycle the same amount of cups as we put out on the market.’