Gunwharf Quays set to lead the way for coffee cup recycling in Portsmouth

Launching in line with Green Great Britain Week, Gunwharf Quays is set to be the first location in the city to offer coffee cup recycling. Gunwharf Quays and Huhtamaki, a worldwide food packaging manufacturer with a base in Gosport, have partnered up to tackle recycling used paper coffee cups.


There is a common misunderstanding that the lining makes recycling cups a challenge, but this is not the case as Gunwharf Quays is showing.


Gunwharf Quays will offer shoppers a unique opportunity to recycle their coffee cups, with purpose-fitted bins located throughout the centre. The used cups will be removed from the general waste stream going to energy recovery facility and ensure they are recycled into new paper products. The scheme set to launch on 18th October will be the first of its kind for both Landsec, the organisation that owns and manages Gunwharf Quays, and the City of Portsmouth.


Commenting on the initiative Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays said: “Sustainability and recycling are very much close to our hearts here at Gunwharf – we have our own onsite recycling centre and we have one of largest arrays of solar panels on a shopping centre in Europe.  


“We are delighted to be leading the way in the city. The partnership with Huhtamaki and Simply Cups is a fantastic way to reduce the volume of waste we produce, demonstrating our commitment to providing a sustainable shopping experience.”  


Keith Crossley, General Manager at Huhtamaki Gosport added: “We are very excited to launch this scheme for Gunwharf Quays – the first of its kind in Portsmouth. We piloted the scheme in Gosport as the first in the UK with fantastic results and we are looking forward to working with Gunwharf Quays contributing towards increased recycling rates of paper cups for years to come.”