Huhtamaki UK Launches Paper Cup Recycling Program

Posted On: 1/17/2018

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GOSPORT, UK -- The UK subsidiary of Finnish paper cup manufacturer Huhtamaki has partnered with the Gosport Borough Council here to pilot a collection and recycling service for used coffee cups for residents and businesses in the England town.

Huhtamaki will provide dedicated cup-recycling bins at strategic sites across Gosport including the ferry port and government-owned facilities like the city's town hall and recreation center. It plans to extend collection points to government offices and additional transportation hubs in the future.

Residents simply need to make sure used cups are empty before separating the lid from the cup and placing both items in a dedicated bin. Cups and lids will be recycled into products such as garden furniture, park benches and flower tubs that will be used in and around Gosport. The initiative is underwritten by Huhtamaki and will go live in February.

"The cups we manufacture in Gosport are sustainably sourced, responsibly produced and fully recyclable. However, we recognize that many are not being recycled and we are actively working to change this," said Neil Whittall of Huhtamaki. "Improving cup collection and recycling infrastructure in Gosport will help local people make a difference and improve recycling rates. We hope this new initiative will create a blueprint for similar schemes across the UK."
 
GREEN TEAM: Kicking off paper cup recycling initiative (l. to r.)  are Peter Goodwin, Simply Cups; Neil Whittall, Huhtamaki; Chris Waters, Gosport Ferry; Clive Lane, Gosport Ferry; Therese Coffey, UK Environment Minister; Caroline Dinenage, UK Minister of State Health;  Mark Hook, Cosport Councillor; and Keith Crossley, Huhtamaki.