National Rail gets on track for a circular future with coffee cup recycling scheme

Currently, only 30% of people who buy coffee while travelling recycle their cup properly by using a recycling bin specifically for paper cups

Network Rail has announced a new coffee cup recycling scheme launching at King’s Cross, Leeds, London Bridge, Waterloo, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

It says a total of 32 coffee cup recycling bins will be spread across the stations and promises to install cup recycling facilities in all 20 of its managed stations by the end of October.

Currently, only 30% of people who buy coffee while travelling recycle their cup properly by using a recycling bin specifically for paper cups – the new programme will see coffee cups turned into other products including reusable cups, tissue and packaging.

Environmental charity Hubbub and waste provider Interserve are working with Network Rail on the project to reduce waste and encourage a more circular economy.

Jo Lewington, Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer at Network Rail, said: “We know that more of our passengers want to do their bit for the environment and recycling is an easy way for them to get involved. So, as we start to welcome passengers back in ever-increasing numbers, we’re working harder than ever to ensure our stations are not only cleaner, but also greener.

“By installing accessible, easy-to-use cup recycling bins across our managed station network this year, we’re helping our passengers to reduce their waste with a simple message – “Sip, Save and Recycle”. We believe the initiative will go a long way to supporting the circular economy and making our stations more sustainable.”

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