Recycling your paper cups
Where to recycle your paper cups
All of the cups manufactured by Huhtamaki in the UK are either recyclable or our Bioware paper cups are certified as compostable in industrial composting facilities (EN13432).
Huhtamaki's recyclable cups have a Polyethylene (PE) inner lining. This lining ensures that the cup is safe to use and ensures that it holds the content safely, hot or cold.
There is a growing and accessible recycling infrastructure through instore recycling schemes, ACE UK Bring Banks, a wide range of national and regional waste contractors and specialist cup recycling schemes.
Below are further details of how to recycle your paper cups.
Instore: A number of high street stores offer cup recycling. For instance you can take your used paper cup to any Costa Coffee store nationwide, any size of cup or any brand, for it to be recycled. Simply leave your empty cup on the surface area by the instore bin or hand it to a barista and Costa will take care of the rest.
ACE UK Bring Banks: ACE UK owns and manages a network of 430 Bring Banks covering 112 local authorities across the UK. You can take your used paper cup to any of the Bring Banks and then they will be delivered to ACE UK's reprocessing facility for recycling. Bring Banks are usually situated next to bottle banks in in major retail parks.
ACE UK has been collecting and reprocessing beverage/juice cartons for many years and now has been able to accept used paper cups into its network.
To find out where your nearest ACE UK Bring Banks is, please use their interative map and search for your postcode: www.ace-uk.co.uk/recycling/where-can-i-recycle
Operators, outlets and brands
Our paper cups can be recycled either via your general waste contractor or specialist paper cup recycling schemes. We are committed to increasing recycling rates to make it easier for consumers to recycle our products.
We are proud to be a founding member of the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG), a fully funding signatory of the ACE UK agreement and a member of the Simply Cups recycling scheme.
Collection and recycling services are available which will enable the paper cups that you use use to be recycled.
Here are details of some of the current cup recycling initiatives and waste contractors and more and more are being developed and implemented. In the first instance please contact your exisitng waste contractor. Please note regional coverage, minimum collection quantities, eligibilty and terms and conditions may apply.
Waste management support scheme
In April 2018, Costa Coffee launched a waste management support scheme whereby they pay a supplement to incentivise waste collectors to collect paper cups. This enables them to invest in the infrastructure that can increase the collection and recycling rates of paper cups. To find out more please visit: www.recycle-more.co.uk/why-recycle-/recycling-takeaway-cups-
Simply Cups is the UK's only paper and plastic cup collection and recycling service. They work directly with customers to help segregate the materials, collect, bulk and send our paper cups to reprocessors for recycling.
Simply Cups also offer a post back service which provides an opportunity for organisations generating a small volume of cups and/or on an infrequent basis to participate in the scheme. to find out more on the post back service please visit their website or contact Simply Cups: www.simplycups.co.uk/post-back-service/
For a selection of waste management companies who provide cup collection services please visit the PCRRG website: www.pcrrg.uk/cup-collectors.html
ACE UK agreement
In October 2017, an agreement was signed with ACE UK (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment) and 15 fully funding signatories from across the supply chain for disposable paper cups. ACE UK opened up its waste reprocessing facility in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and its network of community Bring Bank collection points to recycle used paper cups. ACE UK has been collecting and reprocessing beverage/juice cartons for many years and under the agreement will accept used paper cups into its network.
Waste contractors can deliver used paper cups directly to ACE UK's recycling facility.
ACE UK owns and manages a network of 430 Bring Banks covering 112 local authorities across the UK to enable consumers to dispose of their used paper cups. ACE UK has an interactive recycling map so consumers can find their nearest Bring Bank from their postcode: www.ace-uk.co.uk/recycling/where-can-i-recycle
Veolia are a UK leader in environmental solutions and provide a comprehensive range of waste, water and energy management services. Veolia work with a number of their clients within the coffee shop and retail sector on recycling initiatives to seperate their paper cups from the general waste as soon as the customer has enjoyed their drink.
Veolia recently announced that they will collect 120 million paper cups in 2019, to read more please visit: www.veolia.co.uk/press-releases/veolia-breaks-new-ground-recycling-120-million-coffee-cups
CupCycling by James Cropper is the world's first recycling process dedicated to upcycling takeaway paper cups and turning them into beautiful papers. CupCycling is all about collaboration and working with supply chain partners and brands who care about the environment.
In March 2018, DS Smith announced that following recent trials, their state-of-the-art paper mill at Kemsley Mill in Kent has the capacity to recycle up to 2.5 billion paper cups. Trials proved that when paper coffee cups are segregated and collected separately, DS Smith can produce high quality paper.
Did you know…?
- All of Huhtamaki’s products are designed to serve the growing demand for on the go food and drink with responsibly sourced and manufactured products that are designed to minimize environmental impacts across the value chain and we continuously innovate to improve the sustainability of our existing and new products
- All of the cups manufactured by Huhtamaki in the UK are either recyclable or certified as compostable in industrial composting facilities
- All of the cups manufactured by Huhtamaki in the UK are made using paperboard certified by the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification. This means that it is made from wood that is sourced from sustainably managed forest
- Huhtamaki's recyclable cups have a polyethylene inner lining. This lining ensures that the cup is safe to use and ensures that it holds the content, hot or cold, safely
- In the UK it has been difficult for businesses and consumers to ensure that their used cups are recycled after use. In order for cups to be recycled, they must first be collected for recycling and then sent to an appropriate recycling facility but the infrastructure for the capture and collection of used cups has been limited in the UK
- Huhtamaki, the paper cup and retail beverage industry and industry groups such as the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group have been working to increase the number of collection points for used cups through in-store collection, single site initiatives, local projects focused on cup collection and recycling and by working with waste collection service providers
We use PEFC certified paperboard from sustainably managed forests
The essential starting point for assessing the environmental performance of packaging is understanding the property requirements set for the packaging throughout its entire life cycle. Sustainability is an important part of our raw material sourcing. Currently, the majority of our paperboard comes from The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified sustainably managed forests.
The material used in our paper cups is predominantly virgin wood fiber (also known as primary fiber) that has not previously been used in the manufacture of paperboard. Fiber is classified as a renewable natural resource that can be recycled. The thin polyethylene (PE) plastic moisture barrier layer used in the cup stock can be separated industrially and the fiber material used for example for core board production. The packages can also be incinerated. Although this would produce carbon dioxide emissions, it does not add carbon to the carbon cycle. Paper cups are climate change neutral since most of the material used is renewable.
We explore continuously the field of new renewable and recyclable materials and employ them when cost and functional performance match with the needs of our customers. Huhtamaki has been a pioneer in use of biodegradable and renewable raw materials. We launched our first biodegradable paper cup in 1995 and complete EN13432 certified compostable packaging range called BioWare in 2004. Since then, BioWare has grown to become the industry's most complete environmentally sound foodservice packaging range.
We are pioneers in use of recycled resin and bioplastics
We were among the first companies in introducing recycled PET and compostable Ingeo PLA into our plastic thermoforming processes for high clarity cold drink cups and food containers. Today we are working actively in finding environmentally sustainable material solutions for hot drink and food applications.
To view our Group Sustainability information, please visit: www.huhtamaki.com/web/guest/responsibility