Heathrow pledges to recycle 13.5 million coffee cups a year

The UK’s biggest airport, London Heathrow, has announced a pledge to recycle all the disposable coffee cups used by its customers by the end of the year, amounting to 13.5 million.

The airport’s solutions for cutting waste include a plan to enable all retail and business partners to recycle disposable coffee cups by introducing a standardised recyclable cup, to be sold across the airport, and providing a network of dedicated collection points around the site.

The mixed material plastic and paper cups have been under attack from a number of retailers and recyclers, with Costa Coffee announcing a similar pledge to recycle all the cups it puts on the market, equivalent to half a million, every year. In addition, packaging company DS Smith revealed that it has the capacity to recycle all the UK’s coffee cup waste, provided collection infrastructure is improved so that the cups can find their way to recycling.

Heathrow has also said it will ‘work towards removing all single use plastics from sale, such as bottles, straws and stirrers’, though no date has been set for when this goal might be achieved.