2,000 cups per week recycled at Glasgow City Council

Cup recycling in two staff cafes and in five staff kitchen areas are changing habits and reducing cup waste.

In October 2019, Glasgow City Council, the first member of our Cup Movement in Glasgow, launched an internal cup collection and recycling initiative as a trial for reducing cup waste in the workplace. The trial saw cup bins strategically placed around their Exchange House and 231 George Street offices, as well as the staff cafes within. 

With crucial collaboration from facilities management and café staff, the initiative has also been supported by a strong internal communications and marketing campaign, helping to ensure that staff are aware, engaged and know what to do.

So far the initiative has been a success with around 1,000 cups per week collected in the first weeks growing towards 2,000 cups per week as the trial has progressed.

Gavin Slater, Group Manager of City Energy and Sustainability, said: “Our staff have been amazing and have fully embraced using our recycling units – showing how adaptable they are to changing habits to help reduce corporate waste. Since we launched this initiative we are recycling approximately 2,000 cups each week - this is an amazing achievement and exceeds our initial expectations.  

“In our first three months, we have recycled over 20,000 cups which is the equivalent weight of a Polar Bear and more importantly we have prevented approximately 98kg of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. Our Cup Movement activities will continue to contribute to our plastic reduction action with phase two of the campaign to be rolled out in the New Year.”

Building on this momentum, next steps will see staff engaged more with reusable cups and with other Cup Movement opportunities, as part of the scheme’s workplace engagement strand.

The council's Cup Movement activities have also recently been identified as contributing to their new Plastics Reduction Strategy, announced at the start of December 2019.


01 December 2019

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