University involved in coffee cups recycling experiment


Manchester Metropolitan are set to be part of a new social experiment which will see coffee cups recycled into new products for the first time.

Giant coffee cup bins are springing up across Manchester as environment charity Hubbub teams up with coffee cup retailers and designers to reduce paper cup waste and save 20,000 cups from going to landfill by recycling them into useful new products.

The campaign #1MoreShot kicks off the social experiment, calling on the people of Manchester to recycle their coffee cups. It is the first high street recycling scheme of its kind in the UK, which started in October. Over three months, a number of bins in the shape of giant coffee cups are to be been placed up and down one of Manchester’s busiest streets, Oxford Road and will include Manchester Met’s Manchester Campus from early November. The bins are intended to collect paper cups only, which will then be recycled.

Every year 2.5 billion ‘paper’ coffee cups are being thrown away in the UK, and it’s estimated that less than 1% are actually recycled. This new initiative will test a new way of reducing paper cup waste. The 20,000 cups collected will create 15,000 plastic flowerpot holders that will be used in community gardens around the city. Hubbub have partnered with Groundwork, Manchester City Council and Manchester Metropolitan University along with coffee retailers to redistribute the recycled products to benefit the local community and the environment.

On average 272,602 disposable paper cups are used every day in Manchester. Recent research shows that 81% of people in the north west say that seeing litter on the streets in their local area makes them feel angry and frustrated.

Every year, it costs Manchester City Council £7.5 million to deal with litter, fly-tipping and street cleaning, which equates to £14 per person.

The #1MoreShot campaign will run from October-December 2016. If the experiment is a success a number of local authorities have put their names forward to expand the scheme, which would mean that the giant bins will have been the catalyst for a new way to recycle.