James Cropper received its first load of coffee cups from a London materials recycling facility (MRF) last week.
James Cropper are based in Kendal and have developed CupCyclingTM technology. They take the virgin paper in takeaway cups and upcycle it into deluxe paper.
After investing in this technology, they are relying on businesses to “do the right thing” and set up a coffee cup recycling scheme with a forward-thinking recycling company.
Richard Burnett, market development manager at James Cropper said: “We are delighted to be getting such good quality material from a MRF. It’s vital the coffee cups are collected in a separate stream so that the virgin paper used to make them can be recycled back into valuable products like our custom-made papers and COLOURFORMTM plastic-free packaging.”
“It’s vital the coffee cups are collected in a separate stream so that the virgin paper used to make them can be recycled back into valuable products like our custom-made papers and COLOURFORMTM plastic-free packaging.”
Paper Round* collects from 5,000 businesses in the Capital with their sorting facility based in Purfleet, Essex. It collects the full gamut of waste materials and are known for pioneering new forms of recycling to improve their clients’ environmental performance.
Coffee cup recycling was soft-launched to Paper Round’s clients in October 2017 and will roll out in May this year. A special tough, colour-coded sack enables coffee cups to be collected at the same time as other recycling. This means there’s no need to send another vehicle to collect the cups, saving on emissions and helping to curtail air pollution.
Bill Swan, director at Paper Round said: “We are very proud to be recycling coffee cups. Paper Round is all about real recycling, so working with James Cropper to ensure that our customers cups are made into high quality paper was very important to us. We look forward to recycling many more cups from our customers as we roll the scheme out.”
*Paper Round was started as a Friends of the Earth project in 1988, specifically to provide high quality environmental services to offices in London.
In 2013 they invested £2m in a fully enclosed, operational hub for a new MRF and state-of-the-art secure shredding depot in Purfleet, allowing them to self-deliver across all their services.