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Coffee Cup Recycling

We drink 95 million cups of coffee a day!

We are, undoubtedly, a nation of coffee drinkers. According to the British Coffee Association, we’re drinking approximately 95 million cups a day. Many of these cups come from work vending machines or coffee shops, meaning our love of coffee has also created a drink-and-throw culture. So much so, in the UK, we’re throwing away 2.5 billion disposable cups a year.

Less than 1% are recycled

And the bit that really leaves a bitter taste in the mouth? Less than 1% of these cups are currently being recycled. This is because coffee cups are made up of a mixture of paper and polyethylene film (the latter keeps the cup waterproof and helps it retain its structure). Unfortunately, at the moment, traditional paper recycling facilities struggle to separate these two materials, so the cups have been difficult to recycle in the past.  But now solutions are beginning to be found and we can provide a service to businesses to recycle their cups.

Did you know…

In the UK, we’re throwing away 2.5 billion disposable cups a year.

Our Service. Your solution.

On a business level – where you’re perhaps utilising and disposing of a larger quantity of paper cups there is a solution.

At Printwaste we use a recognised paper recycling facility in Halifax who can recycle disposable coffee cups. They are Sonoco Alcore and we now work together, with them and ACE UK, to ensure your cups end up as far away from landfill and are recycled responsibly.

Our coffee cup service:

  • Our paper cup recycling service is available to both existing and new customers, as a stand-alone service or as part of a waste management package.
  • We’ll supply you with specialist bins, specifically designed for paper cups, and, once these are full, we’ll collect them from you and start them on their recycling journey.
  • And, in the meantime, you can enjoy a cuppa in the knowledge you’ve done something good for the environment.

How we add value to your business…

boosting recycling


We help boost your recycling rates, solve your coffee cup problem and save you landfill costs.

reusing resources


We will help you divert resource from landfill.

enhanced business people


We divert the coffee cup away from landfill thus ensuring that you do your bit for the environment.

Printwaste’s Quick and Easy Recycling Service

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