Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, has launched a new recycling initiative for paper coffee cups in Gosport – the first of its kind in the UK. Created through a partnership between Gosport Borough Council, paper cup manufacturer Huhtamaki and Simply Cups, the scheme will pilot a collection and recycling service for used coffee cups for residents and businesses.
It will provide dedicated cup recycling bins at strategic sites across Gosport including the ferry port (used by commuters as well as tourists) and council-owned premises such as the town hall and the leisure centre, with plans to extend collection points to main high street locations, local offices and transport providers in the future.
Commenting on the scheme, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “I am very pleased to see Gosport Borough Council and local industry coming together to take positive action to increase the recycling of cups. Tackling paper and coffee cup waste is a vital way to protect our environment and this is a great example of how collaborative action can have a real impact to make recycling even easier.
“This is exactly the kind of initiative that we would like to see following the launch of our 25 Year Environment Plan.”