Let's end waste from coffee cups

We reduced plastic bag waste, so let's do the same with coffee cups!

Many coffee shops give the impression their cups are recycled, or at least recyclable.

And yet, because of a plastic film on the inside, very few coffee cups are actually recycled, even if you put them in your own recycling bin at home.

With fewer than 1 in 400 takeaway cups being recycled, your favourite barista's brew is creating a lot of waste. As many as 2.5 billion take-away coffee cups may be chucked away each year. The vast majority end up in landfill or incinerators.

Some of the big coffee companies have taken small, positive steps recently but far more work is needed.

It's time this multi-billion pound business was made to wake up and smell the coffee.

That's why we want Environment Secretary Michael Gove to get the cafe chains to reward you for taking your own cup. He should also ban disposable cups that can’t be recycled and get cafe chains to provide recycling bins. Better latte then never!

Sign our petition to end coffee cup waste.

Read the petition text

To: Secretary of State for the Environment.

"I want to enjoy my coffee from my favourite cafe and know that my cup won’t end up polluting our environment or in landfill.

I want to take my own cup to the cafe and be rewarded for it. And if I need a coffee on the go, then I want to be able to recycle my disposable coffee cup. But I want the coffee companies, who make massive profits, to come up with a solution and not make me pay for it.

That's why I want you to get all the big coffee chains to give me some money off if I take my own cup in. I also want you to ban disposable cups that can't be recycled and require the big coffee chains to provide me with a recycling bin for when I don‘t have my cup with me."