Veolia has developed a specialised coffee cup recycling bin for offices as part of a service developed in partnership with coffee chains Costa and Starbucks.
Veolia said research had found that more than half of people who buy at least four coffees a week throw the cup away at work.
Once installed at a workplace, the new bin can be used to drain excess liquid and separate the cup from the sleeve and lid. The cups are collected by a courier and sent to specialist pulping facilities in the UK and overseas to separate fibres from the plastic lining.
Veolia said the fibre could be used to make products such as egg boxes, coffee cup holders or cellulose-based insulation for homes.
Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia senior executive vice-president for UK and Ireland, said: “Over the last six months a lot of activities have been taking place with our customers, such as Costa and Starbucks, to overcome our biggest challenge – contamination in the cups.
“As a result, we’ve worked on a solution that will separate the cup from the general waste stream as soon as the customer has enjoyed their drink – and we’re thrilled to see so much public support for cup recycling.
“Coffee cup recycling is now happening across the country. But I’d like to take this opportunity to further encourage a mass collaboration between designers, manufacturers, vendors and consumers because we all have a part to play in making all of our packaging more environmentally friendly and ensuring our resources are kept in the loop for longer.”