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Costa Perks Up Cup Recycling Scheme

The UK’s favourite coffee shop signs up to the ‘SIMPLY CUPS’ paper cup recovery and recycling service

Costa, has today announced that it has joined the Simply Cups recycling scheme – the only dedicated service currently in operation in the UK – to help address the burgeoning issue of how to recycle paper cups within its concession outlets located at corporate offices, universities and transport hubs.

Simply Cups is a partnership formed between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions that will provide paper-cup manufacturers, organisations operating in the supply chain as well as beverage and hospitality outlets with a cost-efficient collection and recycling service that will reduce their operating costs and improve their environmental credentials. The scheme will help recover and recycle the 2.5 billion paper cups that can often be sent to landfill or incinerated each year in the UK. 

Ollie Rosevear, Energy and Environment Manager at Costa, said:

“Costa is delighted to join the Simply Cups partnership as part of our wider commitment to explore innovative ways to take a holistic approach towards a sustainable life cycle of our cups.

“Alongside our membership of Simply Cups, we have also recently launched a new cup designed to reduce the apparent temperature of the exterior of the cup by evenly distributing the heat around the cup. This means that the customers’ hands do not get too hot when holding a single cup eliminating the need for an additional sleeve or double cupping.

“Costa is always looking for new innovations, partnerships and collaborative efforts to lead the way in developing sustainable solutions to reduce the impact of our cups on the environment. Our membership of Simply Cups is a great example of this ongoing work.”

The announcement was made at a Simply Cups member event, held on August 28th at The Emirates Stadium, bringing together other founding members of the scheme including national retailer John Lewis Partnership, catering and facilities management companies, BaxterStorey and ISS Facility Services, cup manufacturers Huhtamaki and Solo Cup Europe as well as prominent industry associations and environmental charities including WRAP, the Automated Vending Association and Keep Britain Tidy.

Simply Cups’ Peter Goodwin urged all organisations involved in the drinks, catering and hospitality sectors to sign up to the scheme: “The calibre of members that have now signed up to our service is actively persuading other organisations, who recognise the commercial value of taking their corporate social and environmental responsibilities seriously, to also join up and address the increasingly difficult issue of cup recycling.”

Notes to Editors:

About Simply Cups

Simply Cups was officially launched on August 1st 2014, at the headquarters of the John Lewis Partnership in London, and has experienced overwhelming support from all sections of the supply chain to join the scheme that will help recover and recycle the 2.5 billion paper cups that are sent to landfill or incinerated each year in the UK. 

Simply Cups is a partnership formed between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions that will provide paper-cup manufacturers, organisations operating in the supply chain as well as beverage and hospitality outlets with a cost-efficient collection and recycling service that will reduce their operating costs and improve their environmental credentials. Simply Cups is operating, initially, within the M25 and Thames Valley area but is expected to quickly evolve into a nationwide service.

Simply Cups is a membership-based programme. For more information or to participate in the programme please contact Peter Goodwin at pgoodwin@closedloopuk.com.

About Closed Loop Environmental Solutions

Closed Loop Environmental Solutions is an Australian company with more than 10 years’ experience providing comprehensive environmental solutions across industries including aviation, hospitality and health.

Based in Melbourne, Sydney and London, Closed Loop Environmental Solutions builds strong partnerships with their clients to design, deliver, communicate and measure bespoke waste management solutions that provide the best possible economic, social and environmental outcomes.

This is achieved through expertise in integrated disciplines that include implementing cleaning, facilities management and waste infrastructure, waste auditing and consulting, materials recycling and devising education, training and communication campaigns.

Closed Loop Environmental Solutions UK

3 Lloyds Avenue
London
EC3N 3DS

Tel: 0203 036 0819

www.closedloopuk.com

About Simply Waste Solutions

Simply Waste Solutions is a circular economy focused Waste Management Company based near Heathrow Airport, that offers a range of waste and recycling collection solutions to organisations large and small. We provide approximately 6,000 customer collections per week and manage over 75,000 tonnes of waste/recycling per annum. Through continuous investment in our fleet of vehicles, infrastructure and staff we ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of our industry. Through working in close partnership with our clients we are committed to continual innovation, increasing diversion away from landfill and delivering meaningful management reporting whilst fostering relationships built on transparency, communication and trust.

Simply Waste Solutions

Station Road
Langley
SL3 6ED
Slough, Berkshire                                                                                                        

 Tel: 0800 781 7750

www.simplywastesolutions.co.uk