Coffee brand Kenco and recyclers TerraCycle have partnered to set up 100 locations in the UK where residents are able to collect coffee packaging waste that will be sent for recycling.
Colchester will be among the first places in the UK, after teaming with national organisation TerraCycle, which aims to keep the packaging from going to landfill.
TerraCycle upcycles and recycles traditionally non-recycable waste (including drink pouches, crisp bags, tooth brushes and many more) into a variety of consumer products.
Despite being recyclable, the majority of coffee packaging currently ends up going to landfill.
The scheme is being led by coffee manufacturer Kenco and Colchester is one of 100 locations where the scheme has been launched.
“Kenco wants to help enable a more sustainable future for the world,” Kenco said of the scheme, “that is why we have partnered with TerraCycle to bring you the new Coffee Packaging Brigade, which means you can prevent all your coffee packaging waste such as coffee refill bags, jar lids, coffee bean bags and coffee sticks from ending up in UK landfills.”
TerraCycle will recycle the collected coffee packaging waste into generic plastic products such as park benches, watering cans and waste bins.
Julia Havis, borough councillor for Harbour, said: “It is great that we have been able to house a collection box at Colchester Library on Trinity Square to enable the people of Colchester to be one of the first communities in the UK to be able to recycle their coffee packaging waste.”
Under the new Coffee Packaging Brigade scheme, two recycling points are earned per packet. One point is redeemable for 1p, which will be paid by Terracycle to Colchester in Bloom.
Terrecycle are also asking for suggested uses of this waste stream. For more information CLICK HERE