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Plastic-lined paper cups can be recycled


Plastic-lined single-use paper cups can be recycled in carton banks in the Forest of Dean and in other areas of Gloucestershire.


Plastic-lined paper cups can now be recycled in the Forest of Dean thanks to a new initiative by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) in partnership with the Forest of Dean District Council and Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team.

The new service enables paper cups - the sort commonly supplied by coffee shops to their customers and readily available at fast food outlets and petrol stations up and the down the country - to be recycled in the five dedicated food and drink carton recycling banks in the district.

Councillor Sue Coakley, Chair of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Committee said: ‘The carton recycling banks already accept the type of packaging usually associated with fruit juices, milk drinks and premium soup brands but from this month plastic-lined paper cups will also be allowed. The change is the result of an agreement between ACE UK, which operates the banks, and high street retailers and cup manufacturers and is a great opportunity for residents in the Forest of Dean to recycle even more of their waste. We would always ask residents to use re-usable cups where possible, however, we do want any single-use cups to be recycled and this initiative makes that much easier to do and so is very welcome.’

Made from similar materials to food and drink cartons, the cups will be recycled using the same process at ACE UK’s recycling facility in Halifax.

Councillor Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for the Environment at the Forest of Dean District Council said: ‘Britons are currently responsible for binning 25,000 tonnes of beverage cups annually. That’s more than all the weight of rubbish thrown from Forest of Dean households in an entire year.  Adding paper cups to the items already accepted at the carton recycling banks is an exciting development and a clear step in the right direction.’

‘All too regularly the packaging from ‘on-the-go' food and drink items, and in particular coffee cups, will end up as roadside litter so this is also a great opportunity for residents to think about the wider implications and opt for a reusable drinks cup if they can. Most coffee shops are more than willing to fill a reusable cup brought from home,’ he added.

Currently 7 million single-use beverage cups are used each day in the UK – the equivalent of 2.5 billion per year.

The five carton banks are located at: Kings Head public house, Birdwood; Railway Drive Car Park, Coleford; Newerne Street Car Park, Lydney; Bream Road Car Park, Lydney; and Lewell Street Car Park, Newent.

Residents are reminded that paper beverage cups should not be placed in the paper recycling banks or in the blue kerbside bag due to their plastic coating.


(Note: Residents living in Cheltenham Borough and Cotswold District can also recycle their plastic-lined paper cups using the carton banks in their respective districts.  Plastic-lined paper cups should not be presented at the kerbside for recycling or in the dedicated paper banks.  Residents living in other areas should check with their local council as to the availability of this service.)

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