Recylable Coffee Cups and Greasy Pizza Boxes – March 2018 Recycling News

March’s recycling round-up follows on from last month’s news of a ‘latte levy’, with Starbucks going one step further in the fight against plastic waste, and the revelation that many Brits may be accidentally contaminating their own recycling bins…

So, which bin does it go in?

A new poll conducted by the British Science Association has found that whilst British consumers believe recycling makes a difference, they struggle with knowing exactly which household products can’t be recycled.

One of the biggest culprits is used pizza boxes, with 20% of the public believing that these should be put in recycling bins along with the majority of other cardboard and paper products. In fact, the grease and food remnants of pizza boxes contaminate recycling bins and should be put in a general waste bin instead.

Other items that people wrongly think can be recycled include used kitchen roll, tissues, coffee cups, straws, crisp packets and photo paper.

Luckily, here at Bin Shop we supply a huge range of recycling stations with different waste streams, so you’ll never get it wrong again!

Starbucks pledges £7m to develop a fully recyclable coffee cup

Following a petition signed by almost 900,000 protestors demanding that Starbucks honour their promise made 10 years ago to introduce a fully recyclable cup, Starbucks has launched the NextGen Cup Challenge.

In a statement, Starbucks pledged: “to bring a fully recyclable and compostable cup to the market, with a three-year ambition.”

This will run alongside their current Latte Levy which has been introduced in 35 London branches of the coffee chain and is being trialled for 3 months.