London’s Square Mile holds the UK’s biggest concentration of office workers. The City of London, Network Rail, national coffee retailers and some of the Square Mile’s biggest employers, including Lloyd’s and Eversheds, have joined forces in a scheme led by environmental charity Hubbub, in partnership with Simply Cups, to introduce coffee cup recycling facilities across the city.
Every day, up to 7m coffee cups are thrown away across the UK, with less than 1% of these cups thought to be recycled.
“We are already costing up tooling for a production model which will be made from the used cups we collect – how circular is that?”
Announced in January this year, the Square Mile Challenge aims to recycle 500,000 cups by the end of the month – and 5 million by the end of the year.
As it moves into the last week of the Square Mile Challenge, it’s well on the way to hitting its target, according to an update by Simply Cups.
“As part of the challenge, we have piloted the use of our new “tube” bin in Pret, Café Nero, M&S and Nespresso, which has proved a great success,” Simply Cups says. “We are already costing up tooling for a production model which will be made from the used cups we collect – how circular is that?”
The recycling methods used for the Square Mile Challenge will process the cups to create either a plastic or recovered fibre material which is made into new products.