Almost 500 million single-use cups are used in Scotland each year.
95 million single-use cups are used in the greater Glasgow area each year. But, only 4% of these are recycled.
Something needs to change.
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Our single-use cup problem


Almost 500 million single-use cups are used in Scotland each year: an unimaginable number of cups that we are throwing away. And, if only 4% of these are currently recycled, what happens to the remaining 96%? Most go to landfill, but far too many just end up littering our beautiful country.

We think something needs to change and have developed our Cup Movement® to tackle this problem.

With an estimated 95 million single-use cups bought in the greater Glasgow area each year, the city is the perfect place for us to begin.

What is Cup Movement®?

Our Cup Movement is an innovative city-wide collaboration which will transform Glasgow’s relationship with single-use cups.


We are:

  • Discouraging littering.
  • Encouraging recycling and working with Simply Cups to bring a much-needed cup recycling and collection service to businesses and coffee retailers across the city.
  • Promoting reusable cups.


Cup Movement will:

  • Raise awareness, share information and help people to make more sustainable cup choices.
  • Provide robust evidence to inform policy and practice.
  • Creating a successful model which we can replicate in other cities.

Get involved


For any enquiries, please email cups@keepscotlandbeautiful.org


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