Paper cups are 100% recyclable - Hubbub launches #thecupfund

Hubbub launches #thecupfund

Environmental charity Hubbub has today launched a new funding initiative aimed at helping local authorities and other organisations launch or scale-up coffee cup recycling schemes, after receiving funding to launch the scheme from Starbucks.

Called the Cup Fund, the programme will offer successful applicants grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 each to develop schemes and infrastructure which ensure that as few disposable paper cups as possible are lost to disposal methods. Winners will also receive ongoing support and guidance from Hubbub. The funding will be awarded on a competitive basis and is open to a range of organisations wanting to increase infrastructure but lacking funding.

The UK now has enough specialist recycling facilities to process and recycle all of the disposable paper cups used nationwide every year and the Cup Fund will help to further accelerate recycling rates of paper cups.

The Cup Fund is open until 24 May 2019 and winners will be selected by an independent judging panel, which includes members from the likes of the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). Applicants will be required to prove that their scheme is ambitious, scalable and suitable for high-footfall areas.


  • It is estimated that 1:12 of all paper cups in the UK will be recycled in 2019
  • More than 4,500 paper cup recycling points for consumers to return cups via bring banks and in-store take back schemes
  • 115 local authorities now collect paper cups with paper cartons
  • Over 20 waste collectors are now actively participating in schemes to increase recycling of paper cups
  • Five reprocessors are accepting and recycling paper cups including ACE UK, DS Smith, James Cropper and Veolia

Source: PCRRG