Let's end waste from coffee cups

We reduced plastic bag waste so let's do the same with coffee cups.

The big coffee chains make billions of pounds in profit. Meanwhile, many of them have given us the impression their cups are recycled.

And yet because of a plastic film on the inside, very few coffee cups actually are recycled, even if you put it in your own recycling bin.

With fewer than 1 in 400 takeaway cups being recycled, your favourite barista's brew is leaving a lot of waste. As many as 2.5 billion take-away coffee cups may be chucked away each year.

It's time these multi-billion pound businesses were made to wake up and smell the coffee. We don't see why you should fork out to help them clean up their business when you already pay through the nose for hot water, beans and milk.

That's why we want Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom to get the cafe chains to reward you for taking your own cup. She should also ban takeaway cups that can’t be recycled and get cafe chains to provide recycling bins.

Sign our petition to make sure you get rewarded for taking your own cup to the cafe.