Recycling your cup
Single-use cup? Take it Back!
Recycling your single-use cup allows for the materials from which it's made to be recovered and reused, rather than wasted as litter or in landfill. However, there are many different kinds of single-use cup out there and a lot of confusion around how to dispose of them correctly. Currently, single-use cups are not suitable for standard recycling bins. Unless special recycling facilities are available, single-use cups are best put in landfill bins. If they are put in with paper or plastic recycling they will cause contamination, causing the recyclate to be discarded.
You can, however, #TakeItBack! In Glasgow and Dundee, you can take any single-use cup back to Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Greggs, McDonalds, Pret A Manger and Starbucks. Find one of the 123 stores across Glasgow and Dundee where you can take any paper cup to be recycled and will also accept your reusable cup.
Here is a quick overview of some single-use cup materials and how to best dispose of them so far: