Simply Cups, the UK’s ONLY workable cup recycling scheme, has entered into a relationship with Smart Planet Technologies (SPT) to recover and recycle the ground-breaking ‘reCUP’ hot beverage paper cup that can be recycled at traditional paper mills. Continue reading “Simply Cups to recover & recycle Smart Planet Technologies’ breakthrough paper coffee cup”
The well-publicised debate on paper cup recycling has given rise to claims, from various quarters, reporting to have solved the problem. Whilst working towards finding a solution is far better than flatly dismissing the need for a solution, the question remains why are these apparently compelling solutions not being widely, and immediately, adopted across the industry?
In the second of our blogs for edie.net we’ll be looking at the merits of the most commonly cited solutions, biodegradeable cups, compostable cups and cups that are deemed ‘acceptable’ by a paper mills, to understand how they compare to the standard polyethylene-lined cup that is currently widely used across the hospitality industry. Continue reading “Competing Cup Claims – Fact or Fiction?”
RWM, Europe’s most prestigious resource management show, this week became the world’s first large-scale event to conduct paper cup recycling, thanks to Simply Cups.
To mark this historic moment, our mascot, Cupbert, was given the honour of opening the show, who then broke the world record for the number of selfies. Continue reading “RWM 2016 becomes the world’s first event to recycle its cups”
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘War on Waste’ programme has exposed the fact that so few paper cups are actually being recycled. Those inside the industry knew this all along but the public, it seems, didn’t and now feel cheated by some of the claims being made by the big coffee brands.
However, according to some industry commentators, this is just a ‘storm in a tea cup’ and despite only 1 in 400 cups are being recycled – even though most carry the ‘recyclable symbol’ – cup recycling is really not worth the effort, either economically or practically.
Simply Cups disagrees strongly. We would say that, you might be thinking, given that we run the UK’s only workable cup recycling scheme. There are, however, some very clear reasons why the industry needs to promote paper cup recycling, not least because it is representative of a wider failing in UK recycling systems and, therefore, should become a much higher priority. Continue reading “To keep the momentum of circular economy brimming we need to battle for the cup”
In advance of the much anticipated Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ‘War on Waste’ programme coming to air (BBC1, Thursday 28th July at 9pm) Simply Cups, the UK’s ONLY workable cup recycling scheme, has urged the food service industry to dramatically speed up the process of making food and drink packaging more ‘ed’ and less ‘able’.
Simply Cups, the UK’s ONLY active cup recycling scheme, has launched a number of exciting new initiatives at its third Annual Meeting that includes an extended collection service, a host of new members and, most importantly, a range of functional products created from the post-consumer materials that the scheme is recovering.
Key to the development of Simply Cups’ range of new products is the creation of a new durable polymer that has been produced using both the paper and plastic content of paper cups. Trials have shown that the composite is much stronger than conventional plastics and can be readily moulded into products at high speeds.
Continue reading “SIMPLY CUPS launches a range of new consumer products derived from recycled cups”
Collaborative action is urgently needed for solutions that address the issue of recycling the UK’s discarded paper cups Comment from Peter Goodwin, Co-Founder of Simply Cups, to the press exposure on paper cup recycling
Whilst paper cup recycling has become very topical in the last few days, Simply Cups has been working collaboratively across the supply chain for almost 2 years to find a transparent and sustainable long term solution to the issue that less than one per cent of the UK’s discarded paper cups are being recycled.
Continue reading “The problem with coffee cup recycling is at the beginning, not at the end”
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A recent television report by Australia’s national broadcaster, ABC News, has predicted that our irreversible obsession for take away beverages will cause untold environmental damage unless the paper cups they are served in are properly recycled.Every year, Australians use one billion paper cups, of which a large majority end up in landfill sites. In fact, coffee cups are now the fastest growing waste stream and now make up the second largest contributor to litter in Australia, behind plastic bottles.
The issue in the UK is even more pressing given that there are almost three times more paper cups being used each year. The good news, however, is that a solution is at hand and thanks to Simply Cups, paper cups are now being collected and reprocessed from many of the UK’s leading businesses and hospitality outlets.
Simply Cups has been nominated as a finalist at the prestigious Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 in the category ‘Waste & Resource Management’.
The awards, organised by edie.net, are RSA-accredited and recognises excellence across the spectrum of sustainability activity; from the best efficiency programmes, leading design and product innovation to the people who are making it happen.