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Pret rolls out coffee cup recycling scheme nationwide
From:Packaging News

Pret A Manger has rolled out its coffee cup recycling scheme to over 350 UK shops, following successful pilots in London, Leeds and Glasgow.

Almost 90% of Pret shops nationwide now have a recycling point on the shop floor, with customers able to leave any paper coffee for recycling.

The coffee chain is working with waste management companies to ensure its coffee cups are collected, processed, and recycled.

Laura Gutowski, director of strategy & sustainability, said: “Doing our bit for the planet is enormously important to us at Pret. We are absolutely committed to improving recycling rates of our coffee cups and we want it to be as easy as possible for customers – and those passing our shops – to get involved. That’s why we have put our recycling points on the shop floor, rather than hidden away behind the counter, and why we’ll happily accept any high street coffee cups, not just those from Pret.”

This initiative forms part of Pret’s wider environmental incentives, such as last year’s decision to double its discount for customers who bring in their own reusable cup to 50p; since then, usage has increased almost 20-fold.

Over 150,000 drinks are now served in reusable cups every week, with Pret customers saving over 6 million paper cups since January 2018.

In addition to its own scheme, Pret is a part of the Valpak scheme, a nationwide cup recycling scheme that funds the collection of paper coffee cups for recycling.

Contributors to the scheme pay a supplement for every tonne of cups collected, making it more commercially and financially attractive for waste collectors to put in place the infrastructure and processes to collect, sort and transport coffee cups to recycling facilities.

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