[vimeo 90317130 w=472]A British entrepreneur and engineer Martin Myerscough has developed the “world’s first” fully recyclable takeaway cup and is currently in talks coffee shop chains and supermarkets in the UK. It’s hoped that the product can help divert the 2.5bn paper cups that are thrown away in the UK every year.
The 2.5bn cups thrown away each year in the UK alone is enough to go around the world 5 times if sat side by side.
Conventional paper cups are made from paper laminated with plastic, making them difficult to recycle. Under EU health and safety regulations, coffee cups cannot be made from 100 percent paper or cardboard alone.
This means they cannot be recycled so are either sent to landfill or incinerated.
Unlike conventional paper cups, the Green Your Cup has a thin film liner that can be separated from the paper during the recycling process.
The breakthrough could eventually divert millions of cups away from landfill.
“You can recycle Green Your Cup with your paper and cardboard and it comes back as a newspaper several times, extending the life of such high quality paper well beyond the half an hour it takes to drink a coffee”
Martin Myerscough, also founder of the “cardboard” bottler said: “I always thought it was such a waste that disposable coffee cups couldn’t be easily recycled.
“In these times of limited resources and diminishing landfill space, a single-use cup that can’t be recycled is an indulgence we just cannot afford.
“I hope Green Your Cup will make a difference to how people think about the wastefulness of some of our everyday habits.
“You can recycle Green Your Cup with your paper and cardboard and it comes back as a newspaper several times, extending the life of such high quality paper well beyond the half an hour it takes to drink a coffee.”
Cup Recycling In the UK
A new partnership between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions has resulted in the establishment of a paper cup collection and recycling service. Something that the duo says is lacking in the UK.
Simply Cups is being launched on the 1 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.
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, according to the duo.