0450 GMT May 25, 2019
The environment audit committee heard that the ‘phenomenal growth’ of ‘on the go coffee’ meant that 2.5 billion disposable cups are thrown away annually in the UK, a number expected to rise to about three billion by 2025. Only one percent are recycled, according to The Guardian.
Committee chair Mary Creagh said this ‘massive increase’ was having a damaging environmental impact and insisted it was time the big coffee chains did more to address the waste they produce.
“These coffee shops have a big responsibility under the the producer responsibility obligations to provide proper recycling facilities and they are in breach of them.”
The runaway popularity of coffee shops shows no sign of slowing down. There are currently about 20,000 outlets in the UK and the committee heard that figure is likely to increase to 30,000 by 2025. This would result in millions more coffee cups being thrown away each day.