An engineer and entrepreneur has invented what he describes as “the world’s first recyclable coffee cup”.
Martin Myerscough claims his new product, Green Your Cup, can be recycled up to seven times into newspaper because of a technique that allows the polyethylene lining to “easily separate” from the cup during the recycling process.
He said: “I always thought it was such a waste that disposable coffee cups couldn’t be easily recycled. In these times of limited resources and diminishing landfill space, a single use cup that can’t be recycled is an indulgence we just cannot afford.
“I hope Green Your Cup will make a difference to how people think about the wastefulness of some of our everyday habits. You can recycle Green Your Cup with your paper and cardboard and it comes back as a newspaper several times, extending the life of such high quality paper well beyond the half an hour it takes to drink a coffee.”
To mark the launch of Green Your Cup, more than 1,000 cups of coffee were handed out to tourists and commuters at Somerset House in London.
The UK currently disposes of around 2.5 billion coffee cups a year and has been without a recycling scheme since the closure of Sava A Cup four years ago.
However, last month MRW reported the launch of a new scheme to collect and recycle cups from outlets within the M25 area – Simply Cups.