Costa Coffee has promised to recycle as many cups as it puts into the market by 2020 and also offers customers a 25p discount on hot beverages if they bring their own reusable cup.
Pret A Manger offers a 50p discount on hot beverages if people bring their own reusable cup.
A spokesperson said: ‘We doubled our discount for customers who bring in their own reusable cup to 50p in January 2018 and, since then, usage has increased almost 20-fold.
‘We now serve over 150,000 drinks in reusable cups every week, and since the discount was doubled, Pret customers have saved over six million paper cups.’
Starbucks offers customers a 25p discount on hot beverages if they bring their own reusable cup
Starbucks offers customers a 25p discount on hot beverages if they bring their own reusable cup.
The chain has announced its London cafes will trial a redesigned cup that will be both recyclable and compostable.
A spokesman said: ‘Our British stores are the first globally to have trialled a 5p charge on takeaway cups.’ He said reusable cup uptake had risen from 1..8% to more than 5% in the past 18 months.
Along with McDonald’s it has invested £10m in firms hoping to design a sustainable alternative to the disposable cup.
Caffè Nero says that, along with its competitors, it is ‘working to increase the number of [coffee cup] recycling points’ in the UK. It also encourages the use of reusable cups by offering 2 stamps per coffee on its loyalty card.
Caffè Nero, Starbucks, Greggs, McDonald’s UK and Pret A Manger are also involved in a cup recycling scheme that funds the collection of takeaway cups for recycling.
Cafe Nero encourage the use of reusable cups by offering 2 stamps per coffee on its loyalty card
But are they doing enough?
Research shows that very few disposable coffee cups get recycled.
The mixture of plastic and paper in the lining, which is designed to make them leakproof and retain the heat, causes difficulties.
In 2011 a survey by Which? Suggested eight out of 10 people mistakenly believed coffee cups could be recycled.
They create tens of thousands of tonnes of landfill every year and hundreds of thousands a day are discarded as litter.
Many people mistakenly think they can be recycled
2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year. A minuscule 0.25% are recycled.
A shocking 25,000 tonnes of waste a year in landfill
1 in 5 people visit a coffee shop daily.