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St Vincent College joins pioneering Gosport paper cup recycling scheme

Since its launch in March, the Gosport Paper Cup Recycling Scheme continues to gather impetus. The latest news that St Vincent College in Gosport have joined the scheme and added further bins to those already placed around Gosport illustrates the ongoing success of this scheme and how, with key stakeholders coming together, the collection and recycling of used paper cup can succeed.

Collaboration between Gosport Borough Council, leading paper cup manufacturer Huhtamaki and cup recycler Simply Cups resulted in the development of this scheme which is the first of its kind in the UK and will act as a case study for similar schemes to be established.  St Vincent College has joined the scheme and with two recycling cup bins located around the college it will add  considerable visibility for the scheme as well as increasing collection of paper cups from students and staff. 

Andy Grant, Deputy Principal of St Vincent College is thrilled to join the scheme:

“As a significant provider of education within the Gosport area, it’s fundamental for the college to demonstrate to students and the wider community our commitment to the environment.  Joining the scheme illustrates that key stakeholders need to work together to create successful outcomes and it also expresses our aspiration for students to stand up and take action to improve the environment.”


With six cup recycling units already firmly established at Gosport Ferry Terminal and on the ferries, outside Gosport Borough Council Offices, at the leisure centre and also within the Bookworm Café inside the library, the further two units at St Vincent College will add extra impetus to the recycling scheme.  Residents simply need to make sure used cups are emptied before separating the lid from the cup and placing both items in a dedicated cup shaped bin.  Used paper cups and lids will be recycled into products such as garden furniture, park benches and flower tubs that could be used in and around Gosport.

The Gosport Paper Cup Recycling Scheme is an inspirational project and naturally attracts forward thinking organisations to work together to achieve both short and longer term benefits. Working in partnership is key to the success of projects such as this and each organisation that joins the scheme brings valuable resources and further advances the success of the scheme. With St Vincent College joining leading paper cup manufacturer Huhtamaki, cup recycler Simply Cups and Gosport Borough Council, the project enjoys synergistic gains which will drive further success for recycling projects within the UK.

To further increase awareness of the Gosport Paper Cup Recycling Scheme, there are numerous communication materials available including posters and social media banners Local retailers and operators are encouraged to make contact and to take part in this scheme.

Andy Grant, Deputy Principal of St Vincent College