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Coffee cup waste is a big issue these days. In that recent estimates suggest more than two billion disposable coffee cups are used each year in the UK alone, fewer than 1% are recycled.

With that, a number of major coffee chain retailers have started taking action. But it is the UK-based brand, Boston Tea Party, who will be the first to completely ban disposable, single-use coffee cups.

The policy will come into effect from 1 June, 2018. Without the option of a disposable cup, loyal customers will instead have to purchase or loan a reusable one. According to, “Consumers will be encouraged to purchase reusable variants provided by Ecoffee, with prices ranging from £4.25 to £4.75. If a customer forgets their reusable cup, one can be loaned from a BTP store by paying a full-cost deposit until it is returned.”

In a blog by Sam Roberts announcing the policy, he writes:

For me, the really big question is what our industry does about take away coffee cups? […] So the simple, unavoidable truth is that the only truly ethically solution is a reusable cup instead of a single use one. To encourage this, we offered a 25p discount to people bringing their own coffee cup to takeaway. Happily, our competitors have followed suit. However, the take up of this offer is painfully low, at around 3% of those taking hot drinks away.

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