SINGLE USE CUPS: FASTEST CONSUMED WASTE
The EU is “Turning the tide on single-use plastics’
New EU rules are targeting banning many single-use plastics in 2021, including cups and drink containers made of polystyrene (including lids), together with significant and sustained cuts in consumption of single-use plastic cups (including lids/covers) by 2026. The aim is to reduce litter and help develop and promote a smart and sustainable circular economy and future for everyone!
There is no UK or European market for contaminated paper food packaging. 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK – enough to stretch around the world roughly five and a half times – but less than 1 in 400 – just 0.25% – are recycled.”
In Germany alone, the consumption of 2.8 billion hot drinks in disposable cups – of which approx. 1.1 – 1.2 billion are consumed “to take away” – generates approx. 28,000 tonnes of waste per year.
“Every disposable cup used is one too many. Disposable cups are a waste of resources and pollute our environment. Reusable cups are the right choice.”
Maria Krautzberger, UBA President (2019)