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Coffee chains join airport to increase plastic cup recycling

Edinburgh airport recycling

Travellers will be encouraged to use new cup bins


Edinburgh airport is to encourage passengers to recycle the three million coffee cups used every year and currently sent to landfill or incineration plants.

Working with Costa Coffee and SWRnewstar, the airport has installed new ‘cup bins’ within the terminal.

While many retailers at the airport offer incentives for customers using reusable coffee cups, the new bins provide the facilities to collect coffee cups which will then be taken to a specialist recycling facility where they can then be recycled into products such as writing paper and packaging. 

Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar said: “The issue of single use plastics and coffee cups and the problems they pose is something that has gathered momentum and it’s only right that we all play our part in reducing or controlling their use.

“Our retailers have already taken action to reduce the use of single plastics and encourage the use of reusable cups, but where people can’t we want to make it easy for them to dispose of them in the knowledge they’ll be recycled and used again in different formats.” 

Andy Butler of SWRnewstar said: “Whilst passengers want to be able to do the right thing it isn’t always possible for them to take a re-usable cup when travelling.

“Engaging with them and providing the means for them to make a sustainable choice after finishing their drink is key.”

Oliver Rosevear, head of Environment for Costa said: “Earlier this year Costa became the first UK coffee brand to commit to recycling the same the volume of coffee cups we put on to the market each year by 2020.”


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