RWM Aims To Close The Loop On Disposable Coffee Cups

coffee-cupsRWM 2016 is aiming to become the first exhibition in the UK to recycle 100% of paper cups used at the event.

RWM is working in partnership with Simply Cups to ensure that all cups used during the exhibition are collected and recycled.

An additional 74 waste points will be on site specially designed to separate and collect liquid waste and the used cups. This creates many touch point opportunities for visitors and exhibitors to conveniently dispose of their cups after use.

“We hope that our commitment to the Global Goals project by recycling 100% of the cups at our event, Global Goal #12, will inspire other organisers and exhibitions to do the same.”

Simply Cups, a partnership between Simply Waste Solutions and Closed Loop Environmental Solutions, is the UK’s only collection and recycling service dedicated to turning paper and plastic cups into second-life material. Providing the materials are placed in separate bins, Simply Cups can collect and recycle paper cups, plastic cups and cup lids.

Nicola Meadows, event director said: “Top campaigners to industry associations, the hospitality sector and the public are all demanding more to be done to close the loop on single use coffee cups. We feel the RWM event is the perfect place to lead the way for future exhibitions in the UK. As event organisers, it is imperative that we not only deliver a show with great content on recycling solutions and resource efficiency, but that we also ensure our operations are aligned with these goals.

“We hope that our commitment to the Global Goals project by recycling 100% of the cups at our event, Global Goal #12, will inspire other organisers and exhibitions to do the same.”

Coffee Cup Controversy

National media reports have recently criticised high street coffee chains for misleading the public about how many paper cups they recycle, after it emerged that fewer than one in 400 high street coffee chain paper cups are actually recycled.

Fewer than 3m were recycled last year in the UK, according to Simply Cups, which operates Britain’s only paper cup recycling service.

Peter Goodwin, co-founder of Simply Cups, said that it was apparent the application of the recycling symbol on a product (from whatever industry) bears no guarantee that a product – whilst recyclable – is actually going to be recycled.

During a House of Commons session, Resources Minister, Rory Stewart, admitted there is a “huge problem” and suggested that the answer could be in a similar tax on paper cups to that of plastic bags.

Almost immediately, however, Defra issued a statement saying it had no plans to create “disposable Cup Tax”.

CIWM Journal Online asked visitors to the site in an online poll whether a cup levy should be created.

The majority of respondents (70%) were of the opinion a levy should be created, while 30% were against the idea.

Recently, Starbucks agreed to a UK trial of a revolutionary new recyclable paper cup.


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