Simply Cups: New partnership established to start cup recycling in the UK

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St Peters Gardens, UK — Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions join forces to offer cup recycling solution, after lack of scheme in UK means 2.5bn paper cups used in the UK each year have gone un-recycled. The new partnership has resulted in the establishment of a paper cup collection and recycling service. Something that the duo says is lacking in the UK. Since the collapse of Britain’s only cup recycling scheme in 2010, the 2.5bn paper cups used in the UK each year have been sent to general waste where they are either landfilled or incinerated, according to the partnership.

Launched on the 1st of August

The new service called „Simply Cups“ is being launched on the 1st of August in the UK that will provide paper-cup manufacturers, organisations operating in the supply chain as well as beverage and hospitality outlets with a collection and recycling service that will reduce their operating costs and improve their environmental credentials. Simply Cups will operate initially within the M25 and Thames Valley area but is expected to quickly evolve into a nationwide service.

Peter Goodwin, Closed Loop commented: “For too long paper cup recycling has literally been in its cups. Our new service will provide any business, operating within the hospitality and beverage supply chain, with a cup collection and recycling service that will in fact help reduce their overall waste disposal costs.”

No separation technology available

The previous attempts to operate a cup recycling service failed because the technology was simply not available to separate out the polyethylene lining from the cardboard content at an economically viable rate, according to the duo. However, a number of processing plants in the UK can now perform this task at a cost that makes it attractive for any business that uses paper cups as well as recyclers themselves.

Peter Goodwin, director of Closed Loop commented: “For too long paper cup recycling has literally been in its cups. Our new service will provide any business, operating within the hospitality and beverage supply chain, with a cup collection and recycling service that will in fact help reduce their overall waste disposal costs. This will be game-changing for cup manufacturers and beverage outlets that are have been caught in the media spotlight due to the absence of any recycling solutions”.

James Capel, managing director of Simply Waste Solutions added: “The bulk collection of cups will be processed here in the UK, and once the materials are recovered they will be manufactured into new end-use products all within the UK, which is a perfect example of how recycling should work”.

Part of the cup bulk collected will be sent to the beverage carton recycling plant, run by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment and paper and packaging producer Sonoco Alcore. The remainder will be sent to paper recycling company James Cropper, owner of an recycling facility for disposable coffee cups.

Source:  Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)