single-use cups are used and discarded in Scotland every year.
are currently recycled, due to a lack of necessary infrastructure.
Compostable & Biodegradable Cups
Know your cup: Compostable and biodegradable cups are an increasingly popular alternative to single-use paper cups for businesses and consumers wanting to make greener choices. However, these come with their own challenges.
This handy guide, from the James Cropper cup recycling mill, provides a useful overview of the current landscape of single-use cups on the market and what to do with them after use.
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National Cup Recycling Scheme
The National Cup Recycling Scheme is the UK’s largest paper cup recycling scheme. The Scheme brings together major retailers, waste management companies and UK paper mills all with the shared aim of growing the infrastructure needed to increase the number of paper cups being collected and recycled in the UK.
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Our Cup Box initiative is building on experinece from the Keep Scotland Beautiful Cup Movement campaign, which was has been working to address single-use cup waste since 2018.
This includes the 'Cup Movement in the Highlands', which trialed a reusable cup scheme along the North Coast 500, as well as the current #TakeItBack initiative, promoting cup recycling with big coffee retailers in Glasgow and Dundee.